Cha Joo Hyuk, who is a former member of Coed School when he was called Kangho, was recently arrested for disorderly conduct and is also suspected of drug use. This comes just 11 days after he was released following an 18-month stint in jail for various other crimes.
According to the police, Cha Joo Hyuk was apprehended and taken to Seocho police station on the charge of disorderly conduct. In the process, the police discovered suspected drug use, so they filed additional charges for violating the Narcotics Control Act. The police requested an arrest warrant for him on December 26. It was revealed that on December 25 at 4 a.m. KST, Cha Joo Hyuk caused a disturbance at an apartment in the Seocho District of Seoul. He made a show when the door to the apartment he’d mistaken for his own didn’t open. The neighbors and security reported him, and the police came, but Cha Joo Hyuk continued to cause a disturbance. Eventually, the police arrested Cha Joo Hyuk at the spot for not leaving the scene. Cha Joo Hyuk received a charge for disorderly conduct for insulting the police and getting into a physical fight. Furthermore, after inspection, he tested positive for drugs. The police are planning to request a detailed examination from the National Forensic Service.
Unfortunately, this story doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as he basically ruined the name of Coed School after his past was revealed.
Shortly after debut, he was swept up in a sex crime scandal, and photos came out of him visiting an adult entertainment facility despite being a minor. A year later, he left Coed School and became an actor under the name Cha Joo Hyuk.
Specifically, he was accused of rape, though nothing really came of it.
Like so many other male celebrities, he seemed to hope to reboot his life/career following his completion of military service, but the opposite actually happened. In March of 2016, he was caught smoking marijuana. Then in August of 2016, he was caught trying to smuggle ketamine into Canada and subsequently tested positive for ketamine, marijuana and ecstasy. Eventually it was revealed that he was caught attempting to deal marijuana as well. He was in trouble yet again in October of 2016, as he was caught drunk driving after he hit and injured three pedestrians. For all this, in June of 2017 he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. So yeah.
Now while he’s definitely responsible for all this, it seems rather obvious that he has an addiction problem, which he alluded to in a statement he read at his trial. So while I assume he’ll be headed back to jail, and probably deservedly so, what he really needs is to get help cause there’s no way this story has even a decent ending at this rate.