Park Yoo-chun makes U-turn, admits to drug use

K-pop idol singer Park Yoo-chun arrives at the Suwon district court in Suwon, South Korea, on April 26, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL - When K-pop singer Park Yoo-chun was said to have taken drugs with ex-fiancee Hwang Ha-na, he held a press conference to declare his innocence.

When he was hauled up for police questioning, he still maintained his stand, despite CCTV footage allegedly showing him picking up a drug package from a quiet location after sending money to a dealer's bank account.

But after a hair test indicated that he took drugs, Park, 32, on Monday (April 29) finally owned up to his misdeeds, the police said.

The singer, who was arrested last week, admitted that he took drugs alone or with Hwang, reported The Korea Herald.

"I have had a fear about giving myself up. But I have now come to think that I have to admit what I have to admit, and apologise for what I have to apologise," Park reportedly told the police on Monday.

His lawyer said he is no longer representing the singer after he confessed, in the latest development in a K-pop scandal that has also engulfed other singers.

The police are expected to send Park's case to the prosecutors this week.

His U-turn has whipped up a backlash from fans over his original shifting of the blame to Hwang when he said he did her a favour by picking up the package.

Hwang, a socialite, has also been arrested.

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