K-Pop Idol Wonho Is Cleared of Drug Charges After Months-Long Investigation

Monbebes around the world can now breathe a sigh of relief. Former Monsta X member Wonho has been officially cleared of all drug charges after a lengthy investigation by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.

Last year, an investigation against the idol was launched following a series of allegations against him by an individual who claimed to witness Wonho and Jung Da Eun, a former contestant on the game show Ulzzang Shidae 7, smoking marijuana in 2013.

Further allegations stated that Wonho had also been taking Philopon (a form of methamphetamine), ecstasy and ketamine. The alleged crimes took place before Wonho became a trainee with Monsta X’s label Starship Entertainment.

Following the allegations, Starship initially denied the allegations against Wonho. Then in November, the company confirmed that they had terminated their contract with him.

On March 14, Starship Entertainment released a statement regarding the investigation:

Here is an English translation, courtesy of Soompi.

“Hello, this is Starship Entertainment.

On March 10, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s narcotics investigation team concluded their investigation into allegations involving drugs such as marijuana and MONSTA X’s former member Wonho, and Wonho has been cleared of all charges related to the case.

In late October 2019, allegations of marijuana use were made against Wonho, and the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s narcotics investigation team launched an investigation into the charges. During this process, Wonho was fully cooperative in all stages of the investigation, including the scientific examinations carried out by the investigative body. The team carried out a broad investigation over the past five months but did not find any suspicious activity, and the case surrounding Wonho was closed on March 10.

Irrespective of the above information, our agency and Wonho wish to once again apologize for causing great concern to fans. Also, we wish to express our deep gratitude to the Korean and international fans who have watched over the investigation and shown their unchanging support.

During the investigation, we minimized the media coverage and external exposure of Wonho as much as possible, and we have waited a long time as we did our best, such as appointing legal representation, to ensure that there were no unjust charges. We will give Wonho our full support so that he can continue down the path he desires in the future.”

The end of the statement hints that Starship could possibly work with Wonho again in the future, which is uncommon for idols caught up in such a scandal. However, it is unknown whether Wonho’s future in music will be with his former group members in Monsta X.

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