Earlier today, it was reported that FTISLAND’s Choi Jonghoon, who was previously accused of being part of the chatroom with Seungri and Jung Joon Young, was caught drunk driving 3 years ago, but asked the police to cover it up.
FTISLAND’s agency, FNC Entertainment, has released an official statement regarding the accusations, claiming that while Jonghoon was caught drunk driving, there was no collusion with the police. Read their statement below:
We have confirmed through Choi Jonghoon that he was caught at a sobriety checkpoint in Itaewon, Seoul in February 2016 and received a penalty of 2,500,000 won as well as a suspension on his license, which he carried out.
As a member who was not as well-known, he said he did not notify the agency out of fear and hoped for the incident to pass by quietly and is deeply regretting and reflecting upon his wrong judgement. However, he has confirmed that there was no instance of request to the media or police as stated in reports released today.
Choi Jonghoon will actively cooperate with police investigations into the future and if the collusions are revealed to be true, he will be taking all legal responsibilities accordingly.
Choi Jonghoon is deeply reflecting upon his wrong actions, the fact that he has disappointed many people around him and the fact that he has caused harm to his team. As a result, he will halt all individual activities as well as activities as a member of FTISLAND until all investigations are complete.
In addition, we, as an agency, feel great responsibility towards the fact that we did not realize the situation in regard to Choi Jonghoon’s connection to the recent series of unpleasant events. We give our promise to manage our artists more carefully in the future.
ㅡ FNC Entertainment