“Hellbound” actor Yoo Ah-In is under investigation for habitual use of propofol — a drug illegal in South Korea unless used for surgical purposes.
South Korean actor Yoo Ah-In who starred in various films and series such as “Seoul Vibe” and “Hellbound,” is currently being investigated by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency regarding his alleged frequent use of qn illegal anesthetic drug.
On February 8, it was reported on TV Chosun’s “News9” about an unnamed actor who underwent police investigation over the use of propofol — a sleep-inducing drug — for non medical purposes habitually which is illegal in South Korea to use outside of surgical procedures.
According to the Korean media outlet Soompi, the actor has reportedly been banned from leaving the country while his hair has been requested for evaluation by the National Institute of Scientific Investigation, a process in order to confirm his frequent usage of the drug, in accordance with his alleged violation of the Narcotics Control Act.
Hours after the news was aired locally, Yoo’s management, United Arts Agency, released a statement confirming the issue and revealed that their artist is cooperating with the police.
“Recently, Yoo Ah- In underwent police investigation pertaining to propofol. He is actively cooperating in all investigations regarding this and we plan to proactively address the aspects that are a problem,” read the statement reported by The Korea Times.
However, it can be noted that in February 2017, Ah-In was diagnosed with a bone tumor, but it later turned out to be benign.
This scandal regarding Yoo has gained traction in the Korean film industry as the actor is set to appear in various projects including Netflix's "The Match,” a film about Go players which also stars Lee Byung-hun, scheduled to be released in the first half of this year but looks to be a questionable timetable for now.
Yoo still has other films lined up for the upcoming months including "Hi.5" and "Goodbye Earth,” but the production teams are currently waiting for the investigation's outcomes.
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