FTISLAND Choi Jong Hoon's agency has issued a statement regarding reports of him being involved in a drunk driving incident in 2016 which was allegedly covered up by police.
FNC Entertainment confirmed that Choi Jong Hoon was caught drunk driving by police in February 2016 and paid a fine of 2.5 million won, as well as receiving a 100-day license suspension. He did not inform his agency of the incident.
In the agency's statement, they added regarding the alleged police cover-up:
"We found after checking with him personally, however, that he did not make requests through the media or police as reported today regarding ties with the police.
Choi Jong Hoon will actively cooperate in police investigations to confirm whether or not such ties [with the police] existed. If [suspicions] including the ties [with the police] are found to be true, he will take all corresponding legal responsibility."
The statement also noted that he will halt all individual activities and work with FTISLAND while he is under investigation. You can read a translation here.
On March 13, YTN reported that Choi Jong Hoon was a speculative member of the group chatroom that includes Seungri and Jung Joon Young among others, and had allegedly used connections with police to cover up his drunk driving incident. He reportedly shared this in the group chat.
FNC Entertainment have denied Choi Jong Hoon's involvement in the chat room, which is also where Jung Joon Young and others shared illegal hidden camera footage.
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