Korean food company Ottogi has deleted TVXQ U-Know Yunho’s ads amid his controversy for entering an illegal bar and violating preventive protocols for COVID-19.
According to the industry on the 14th, all promotional materials for Ottgi’s ‘Cup Rice’, which Yunho was selected to represent last year, have been deleted. His videos on Ottogi’s official YouTube channel have also turned private.
Prior to this, U-Know Yunho was previously booked by the police late last month on charges of staying at a restaurant in Gangnam later than 10 p.m., till midnight. When this became public, the singer wrote on his social media account that he is sorry to disappoint everyone who has trusted and supported him. “I’m so ashamed of myself that I’m angry at myself. I regret that I did something without paying more attention,” he stated.
However, according to MBC’s News Desk report on the 12th, Yunho was at an illegal bar that runs only through a certain membership, and he tried to escape in the process getting aggressive with the police. In response, SM entertainment said that he has not done anything wrong apart from violating the preventive measures. They explained, “U-Know Yunho only spent time with his friends at the said place, and there were no female waitresses present at all. There were only managers at the site so that they could pay, but there were no female employees at the time.”
The company added that U-Know Yunho has never attempted to flee from the police, but rather cooperated with them and was told to return home immediately after having his identity confirmed.
Despite such explanation from SM entertainment, suspicions surrounding U-Know Yunho have not been settled, and his advertisements for the delivery app ‘Yogiyo’ have also been deleted.