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Hip hop artist Bumkey has been cleared of all drug charges against him as per the court's ruling on April 20.
The court stated, “We do not have substantial evidence for this case. We only had witness Song and Bae’s testimonies. Witness Song testified that he paid for meth [to Bumkey] in cash, but the prosecution testified that the money was wired. The witnesses stated that they also had other trades with the defendant, but did not provide the evidence to prove this. Also, the dates, locations, and the specifics of the dealings did not match up.”
Bumkey was also cleared of his drug administration charges, the court stating, “Witnesses Song, Bae, Kim, and Noh all testified to the prosecutors that they took the drug together with the defendant in September of 2012, but in court they admitted that they did not see the defendant taking ecstasy when they were administering it. Song did change his testimony and said that he ‘think he saw’ the defendant taking the drug in September of 2011. Although he said that he couldn’t remember if the defendant took the drug in 2012, he claimed that he remembers the defendant taking the drug in 2011, which was hard to understand. We determined that these testimonies did not hold validity.”
“With no substantial evidence and only these testimonies to go off of, we could only rule him innocent,” they concluded.
Bumkey was originally charged with dealing and administering meth and ecstasy in October of last year and has been in custody ever since.
IN EARLIER NEWS: Bumkey's management company release official statement
Brand New Music, Bumkey's management company has just released an official statement.
"Hello, this is Brand New Music.
First off, we are regretful that our agency artist Bumkey has become involved in controversial matters related to drugs and apologize to all the fans.
Currently, Bumkey is denying all the accusations, and Brand New Music will reveal everything truthfully through the court process.
We plead that fans withhold speculations and please wait. We once again sincerely apologize for unintentionally causing you to worry."
IN EARLIER NEWS:
Solo artist and Troy member Bumkey was today arrested and is currently being held by Seoul police in a detention centre, accused of participating in the management of narcotics.
Police had begun looking into Bumkey’s activities in early October, however suspicions of drug use were dismissed, when commissioned hair and urine tests returned a negative result.
In the months following, Seoul Police’s investigation deepened, after previously detained drug offenders and acquaintances of Bumkey offered new information during interrogation. Further analysis of the offenders' bank transactions revealed alleged links to Bumkey's account. As a result, he was arrested on December 11th.
Bumkey has denied the allegations. A representative from his entertainment company Brand New Music has stated, “We are confirming facts at the moment and will make a statement as soon as we have.”
Bumkey’s second hearing is set to take place this afternoon.