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South Korean rapper G-Dragon under investigation for drug use

On Wednesday (Oct 25), South Korean media outlet News 1 reported that the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency has booked South Korean rapper and BIGBANG member G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, without detention on the charge of violating the Narcotics Management Act.

In a statement to the media, the authorities said: “As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot reveal specific details.”

The news comes days after Parasite actor Lee Sun-kyun was booked for allegedly using marijuana and psychoactive drugs at a nightclub in Gangnam, South Korea.

YG Entertainment, BIGBANG’s label, later issued a statement, saying: “It is difficult for us to respond officially since he is not an artiste currently affiliated with our company.” The rapper’s exclusive contract with the label expired in June this year.

This is not G-Dragon’s first brush with the law. In 2011, he was booked after he was caught smoking what appeared to be marijuana outside a club in Japan. G-Dragon later claimed that he unintentionally smoked marijuana as he initially believed that it was a cigarette offered by a Japanese fan. The charges were then dropped.

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