Following the reveal that former iKON member B.I tried to buy marijuana and LSD, the focus not only fell on him but on police and YG for their alleged roles. The police have been suspected of giving preferential treatment, while YG’s role in ‘A’ changing testimony was under fire.
The police released a statement saying they’ll talk to those involved again, and a recent report on YG’s role prompted a response from YGE as it alleges that YG pressured witnesses into changing testimony.
The initial Dispatch report also included the suspicion that Yang Hyun Suk might have influenced “A’s” testimony. “A” initially said that they had delivered LSD to B.I in front of iKON’s dorm in May 2016. When questioned by the police again, however, “A” changed their testimony to say that while they had discussed the possible purchase of drugs, they did not actually obtain any drugs for B.I. In YG Entertainment’s response to Dispatch, the company stated that “A” had lied about B.I actually receiving drugs and that Yang Hyun Suk had met with “A” only to correct their testimony.
I think that seemed awful fishy to anybody not brainwashed, and the report cites an anonymous source and a police officer.
In their June 12 report, KBS News reported statements from someone they describe as a key source related to the case. This source states that the day after “A” was questioned by police, Yang Hyun Suk contacted “A” and asked for a meeting at the company office. The source further claims that Yang Hyun Suk pressured “A” to change their testimony about B.I and personally appointed a lawyer for “A.”
“I can confirm that Yang Hyun Suk forced him to change his statement, and that he hired a lawyer to accompany Mr. A in his investigations.”
— Key official
KBS News also interviewed a police officer who was involved in investigating the case. The police officer stated, “The lawyer was different from other lawyers. They went through every word of the person’s testimony. It was over the top.” The police officer continued, “‘A’s’ behavior had also changed. Their behavior was unnatural. The first thing they said to me when they came in was, ‘I’m sorry, Detective.’”
Unsurprisingly, the lawyer refused to talk about the case to the media, citing attorney-client privilege.
YG Entertainment then issued a statement maintaining that they did not pressure ‘A’ but just wanted to check their testimony.
KBS News went to interview the lawyer involved in the case, but they refused to give a response and said, “You know that there are attorney-client privileges about confidentiality. I can’t talk about this.” When the reporter asked about Yang Hyun Suk, the lawyer told him to leave. YG Entertainment issued a statement saying that they only met with “A” to check their testimony about B.I and that they had not pressured them to lie nor hired a lawyer for them.
It’s definitely sketchy, but like with most other stuff, I just don’t see the police being able to do much with this as is. Especially so since they’re already under suspicion as being the reason we’re only finding out about this 2016 event now to begin with.