Despite no new, meaningful information being revealed, the story of 2PM‘s Nichkhun‘s drunk driving scandal persists as a lead story, even if they have to roll out everybody who thinks they may have seen what happened.
Previously, an eye-witness who was at the scene of the accident claimed to have seen Nichkhun step into a convenience store following the accident to purchase two beverages. “I think he learned that the drink can lower your blood alcohol percentage if you drink it prior to being measured,” he said. However, new witnesses are saying that although Nichkhun did step into the store, he did not actually consume the beverages.
One person claimed, “As soon as the collision took place, Nichkhun stepped out and got on his knees with tears in his eyes. It looked as though he was praying,” while another said, “He was panicky and a bit restless.”
The E News broadcast also reported how the witnesses responded to the claim that said Nichkhun purchased and consumed a beverage prior to being measured for BAC. One said, “I don’t know if Nichkhun listened to his manager, but he went into the convenience store to buy the drinks after the police arrived. However, seeing this, the police followed after him to measure his blood alcohol content.”
Others said, “The blame was completely put on Nichkhun after it was revealed he had been driving after a few drinks,” and “It seemed like the driver of the motorcycle was about to get up, but immediately laid back down after he saw Nichkhun’s face.”
I asked this last time, but who the fuck cares what these people think?
Witnesses are inconsistent and provide dubious information, and going off the accuracy of the initial witness that came forward, that seems especially true in this case. After all, it’s their own opinion, not a statement of fact. Besides, the actions of both parties after the accident are largely irrelevant. It’s the actions before/during the incident that’s currently causing the controversy.
Maybe he tried to drink something to decrease his BAC, maybe he didn’t. Maybe he was sad afterwards, maybe he wasn’t. Maybe the guy was just acting hurt, maybe he wasn’t.
All of that is relatively inconsequential in the face of what has already been reported and having actual video of the incident.
I would like to write this letter of apology for such an irresponsible act. To the injured person, his family, the people of Korea, my fans, JYPE family and staffs, 2PM members, and all the people this situation has affected. I have betrayed the ones who have given me their love and support, the love and support I don’t deserve with such behavior. I feel the need to take some time off to re-think about my action and myself, to make myself a better person and never again repeat the same mistake. I am truly ashamed that I have disappointed so many, and I am deeply sorry.
This is JYP Entertainment.
Nichkhun has deeply apologized for his wrongdoings to everyone who has shown him love for the past five years, and mentioned that he would like to take some time to reflect on himself before returning to all his fans and the public with a new heart and mindset.
We, JYP Entertainment, will respect Nichkhun’s wishes, and as such, Nichkhun will not be attending the scheduled JYP Nation concert in Korea and Japan in August as well as JYP Fan’s Day among other upcoming schedules. For the events with contracts involved, we will do our best to amend the schedule and cooperate in a way that will not bring harm to those involved.
We deeply apologize that an incident such as this occurred with our agency artist, and we will continue to concentrate our efforts to make sure that things like this will not happen again.
What else is left to determine? None of the specifics about the situation matter, except to fans who want to find more of a reason to defend him and antis who want to find more of a reason to blame him.
He messed up, he has accepted responsibility for his actions, and he has been disciplined. Also, he deserves the criticism and backlash. That’s it. As far as I’m concerned, the show’s over, but we all know that’s never going to be the case.