SM stated, “As a public figure, Onew is reflecting deeply on the anxiety and concern he has caused through unpleasant reports made about him earlier today. Onew went to a club on August 12 in order to congratulate a friend who made their debut as a DJ. Due to his intoxicated state, Onew unintentionally came into physical contact with those around him. This caused a misunderstanding between him and another individual, which is why he was brought in for questioning by the police.
However, the individual has acknowledged that there was a misunderstanding and that the incident was something that could happen because of intoxication, and dropped the charge against Onew. Onew will earnestly comply for the remaining investigation…We apologize once again for any anxiety or concern this incident may have caused anyone.”
After SM released its statement, Yonghap News have released a new report stating that the Seoul Gangnam Police Station have passed Onew's sexual harassment case over to the prosecution as a recommendation for indictment without detention.
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