He also issued a letter of apology
15 Mar 2019 - 9:30 AM  UPDATED 15 Mar 2019 - 9:30 AM

FTISLAND's Choi Jong Hoon has announced he will be leaving the group and retiring from the entertainment industry.

He admitted to a drunk driving incident which is alleged to have been covered up by police. It has also been reported that he was involved in illegal filming and sharing of illicit videos in the chatroom including Jung Joon Young and Seungri.

FNC Entertainment confirmed he will be receiving a police investigation in coming days for suspicions regarding other illegal acts the idol claims not to remember. In his apology, Choi Jong Hoon apologised to the public and the victims, and said that he was ashamed to come across past messages he had forgotten about.

He said: "The fact that I made these careless remarks and couldn’t remember them all this time made me reflect on what a false sense of ethics I’d been living with. In addition, as I read over comments of criticism and anger, I realise that I had fallen into a sense of entitlement, and I am deeply regretting it. I will repent greatly of my sins from my immoral life, and I will live while reflecting on this for the rest of my life."

He also expressed shame for acting disgracefully while leader of FTISLAND, and for failing his fans, adding: "I will spend my entire life thoroughly reflecting on my past days when I acted carelessly without any feelings of remorse. I will also diligently participate in future investigations without any falsehoods, and I will accept the punishment I deserve. I am sorry".

Read the full translation of his letter here.

Meanwhile questioning has begun of Jung Joon Young and Seungri: the former for the illegal cameras, the latter for that as well as allegedly soliciting sexual escort services for investors, along with other speculated crimes.


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