South Korean singer-songwriter Park Yoochun was immediately terminated from his contract with management agency C-JeS after testing positive for illegal drug use.
The 33-year-old star, formerly of K-pop group JYJ, was tested for drugs after coming under suspicion due to a related case featuring his ex-fiancee Hwang Hana. Hwang has previously stated that she used drugs in association with a celebrity acquaintance.
Based on the results from the South Korean National Forensic Service on Monday, Park tested positive for methamphetamine usage.
Park’s management agency announced that they have chosen to terminate their contract with him soon after the positive test results were made public.
“We waited for the investigation results to come out while believing the testimony of Park Yoochun, who was an artist under our agency, but we feel terrible that we encountered such a result,” the statement read, as translated by Soompi. “We came to a conclusion that we won’t be able to recover our relationship of [mutual] trust with Park Yoochun and decided to terminate the exclusive contract.”
The statement further noted that all scheduled promotional activities with the popular celebrity will be canceled and that he will be retiring from the industry.
“The agency deeply acknowledges the gravity and responsibility for the matter. We will do our best to go through reform and take strict measures to prevent such an incident from arising again. We bow our heads in apology for causing worry with such an unfortunate event.”
The Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency has since stated that the authorities are now seeking his arrest. To determine the validity of the pretrial detention warrant request for Park, he will undergo questioning on Friday.