- VICTON member Heo Chan was investigated by the police for a drunk driving incident on the morning of Sep. 20.
- According to a statement from VICTON’s label IST Entertainment on Thursday, Heo Chan will be suspended from all group activities moving forward.
- The K-pop act’s upcoming “2022 VICTON Fan Concert [Chronicle]” will be promoted with only five members.
- On Friday, Heo Chan posted an apology on his Instagram account.
Heo Chan of K-pop boy group VICTON has been suspended from group activities after being investigated by the police for a drunk driving incident on Tuesday.
VICTON’s label, IST Entertainment, issued a statement on Thursday saying that Heo Chan was cooperating with a police investigation. Per a translation from Soompi, the statement read:
“Heo Chan is currently cooperating with police investigations. It appears that once the investigations are over, he will face disciplinary measures such as having his driver’s license revoked, and he plans to diligently cooperate with police investigations until a final decision is made.”
— VICTON(빅톤) (@VICTON1109) September 22, 2022
The statement goes on to say that Heo Chan will no longer be included in future activities with VICTON. The K-pop act will promote their upcoming “2022 VICTON Fan Concert [Chronicle]” as five members.
“At present, Heo Chan is deeply repenting and reflecting on the fact that he committed a wrongdoing that he should never have committed,” the statement read. “Additionally, he is currently unable to subdue how apologetic he feels towards his fans and for causing trouble for the many people with whom he works.”
IST’s statement concluded with an apology. “Our agency also apologizes deeply for giving the fans cause for concern through this sudden news. We will look back again and examine precisely how such a wrongdoing arose, and we will do our utmost to ensure that we will never disappoint the fans again with a similar incident.”
On Friday, Heo Chan posted an apology on his Instagram account.
“First, I bow my head and sincerely apologize for having to convey this shameful news ahead of many scheduled activities. Once again, I apologize for causing social controversy due to my wrongful behavior on September 20,” he wrote.
“As a public figure who should set a positive example for the general public and my fans, I should have felt even greater responsibility for my actions, but instead, I wound up causing great disappointment through a single moment in which I made the wrong choice,” he continued. “I’m sincerely reflecting on my wrongdoing, and I’m spending each and every day immersed in regret and self-blame.”
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He concluded by saying, “Compared to the hurt and disappointment that all of you must have felt because of this incident, I will repent many times more deeply and feel this [penitence] all the way down to my bones. I will engrave all of the criticism and rebuke I receive for my irreversible actions in my heart, and I will reflect deeply on myself so that I can live my life while becoming someone of whom I am not ashamed. Once again, I bow my head and sincerely apologize for causing this controversy. I’m sorry.”
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