Yoo Ah In partially denied the allegations of habitual drug use when questioned by reporters as he faced possible arrest.
On the morning of September 21st, Judge Yoon Jae Nam of the Seoul Central District Court conducted a pre-arrest questioning of Yoo Ah In and his acquaintance, Mr. Choi, who are facing charges of violating the Drug Control Act, obstruction of evidence, and fleeing the scene.
Before the substantive examination of the arrest warrant, Yoo Ah In told reporters, “I’m really sorry for causing concern all this time. I will fully cooperate with the hearing today.”
When asked about allegations of instructing the destruction of evidence and coercion to smoke marijuana, he shook his head and said, “No.”
Yoo Ah In is accused of habitually using medical narcotics, including propofol, from 2020, and illegally getting prescribed to 1,000 sleeping pills. In January, he was also charged with taking illegal narcotics, including cocaine and marijuana, with four acquaintances, including Mr. Choi.
On the 18th, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office’s Serious Crime Investigation Division requested an arrest warrant for Yoo Ah In on charges of violating the Drug Control Act, obstruction of evidence, and fleeing the scene.
An arrest warrant was previously requested in May but was rejected. The prosecution re-applied for the warrant after additional investigations revealed that the celebrity had instructed an acquaintance to destroy evidence and had forced them to smoke marijuana in the United States.