YG Entertainment executives are scrambling today after Korean media hyped reports that 2NE1 member Park Bom was caught attempting to “smuggle” large amounts of narcotics back in 2010, never to be charged after investigators found she had been prescribed with amphetamine.
According to KBS News, Bom allegedly “attempted to smuggle” 82 pills of amphetamine from the United States through FedEx international mail to Seoul, South Korea in October 12, 2010. Korean customs personnel intercepted and flagged the package at Incheon International Airport and traced it back to the 2NE1 singer.
The package was on track to be delivered to a relative.
An investigation into the incident began shortly after an Incheon district prosecutor filed a criminal case on October 19. Bom was never booked for the drug-related crime, and the case was soon suspended on November 30 after investigators found she had a prescription, meaning that charges would not move forward.
Executives at Bom’s parent company, YG Entertainment, have reportedly gathered for an emergency meeting. We are awaiting a statement shortly.
So What Does This Mean In Plain English?
Amphetamine is a strong stimulant that affects the central nervous system, and is currently banned by law for domestic distribution in the United States and South Korea unless prescribed by a licensed professional to treat disorders including narcolepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Park Bom had a prescription for amphetamine, and therefore had the right to possess and send the pills through international mail. If she had failed to obtain or produce a prescription, then prosecutors would have all the justification and evidence needed to charge, fine and eventually jail her on drug-smuggling charges. Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be the case, and the case was rightfully suspended.
Has This Happened Before?
You bet. Back in 2011, several 2NE1 members were falsely accused of being connected to drug scandals, including Park Bom. The overhyping also followed with Korean media announcing that a list of K-pop celebrities who did drugs was to be released.
Social media erupted after Park Bom’s name was rumored to be on the list. Soon after, YG Entertainment threatened to sue several Korean publications for defamation. The company had issued the following statement:
“Park Bom has absolutely nothing to do with that list. It’s completely false so we just didn’t pay any attention to the rumors. But people started taking it as the truth and so we decided to address the issue with harsh legal measures. The initial rumor-spreader is currently being investigated by the Korean cyber police. We will also file a defamation lawsuit against some of the Korean press that falsely reported on this without enough fact-checking.”
Apparently, old rumors are being dug up again, and we could face a similar legal situation as in 2011.
So next time you see something that looks like a “scandal”, do your research and never accept anything you see without hint of suspicion. Today doesn’t appear to be a great day for (some) K-pop media.
Focus on the good things Park Bom has done, instead of focusing on the bad (or rather something she hasn’t done). Blackjacks know that Park Bom is still and always will be a kind, and sweet person who will always makes Blackjacks laugh. Let’s support her, and stop the hate.
watch and learn how to respect. it applies to every artist out there, regardless of its agency, genre, persona, musical direction and race.
let me just drop it: BLACKJACKS got your back B.
Bom has been a scandal victim for too long. First she was fat, then she was called a plastic doll for “using plastic surgery” to change how she looked, she also have been called ‘fake’, ‘slut’ , ‘bitch’… This needs to stop. Not just for Bom but for everyone. Idols do their best to please us and what they get in return is hate. Haters are sick, they write and post things without even thinking about it just because they’re mad at something. Of course it’s alright to not like someone, but it’s also alright to show respect to that person because just like us she’s human, she gets sad and hurt , she feels insignificant and stupid. So stop hating on people and hurting them if you didnt want people to do the same to you. #STOPHATING #WeBelieveInYouBom
[FLASHPROJECT #9] To Bom: ‘Blackjacks are Right Beside You’
In light of rumours surrounding Bom we have decided it would be the right time for BlackJacks to come together and voice their support for our 8D goddess. We want to get this done as quickly as possible to send to Bom, so we must be fast. To show our support for Bom you can post a simple message in this thread, or video, which will be compiled into one cool video similar to our iblackjacktvs and sent to Bom.
Each video should include:
- Location / Name (If you want)
- 30 seconds to 1 minute of support
Each text post should include
- Location / Name (If you want)
- 100 words maximum (donors and staff have an unlimited word limit)
- You can put your message on a background, but it is not necessary.
We will be collecting messages and videos until July 4th EST so get your messages asap!
Once the video is submitted, we may cut/alter your video to fit the overall video project, as everything will be compiled into one video.Send the video to us either on our blog post HERE or on our forum HERE.
Location: (Where you are from?)
Video Link:(Videos must be in XVID or AVI format. www.mediafire.com or other upload service is preferred. The higher/better the video quality the better.)
omg anon! i miss anons on my inbox!! :* anons, to talk to me please ^^
and i really wanna do this request but unfortunately, i’m on hiatus right now T_T
but i’ll be back soon and will definitely do this request! i hope you understand anon ^^
CHAE COULDN’T SPEAK BEC OF THE CROWD SO SHE JUST KEPT ON LAUGHING!! MOTHER OF EXPRESSIONS HAHA (credits on pic)