iKON's B.I Accused of Using Illegal Drugs + Dodging Police Charges
Jane Lee, June 12, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
On June 12, media outlet Dispatch released an exclusive report that claimed that iKON's leader leader B.I may have purchased and used illegal drugs about 3 years ago, according to Kako Talk messages that were revealed.
In this report, Dispatch claimed that back in 2016, B.I was under suspicion of buying the illegal drug LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) through a female dealer "A". However, despite that "A" was arrested and her cell phone was taken by police to be investigated for drug dealing, Dispatch claims that law enforcements never attempted to summon B.I.
Below are some of the contents of a Kakao chat room from April 2016:
B.I: Kekeke, I want to do [LSD] for life, is it strong?
A: In this country, L[SD] is considered the best, first rate drug.
B.I: Not that kekeke. If the effects are strong.
A: That's what I'm saying, the effects are strong too.
B.I: Can I get ahold of as many as I want?
B.I: Should I buy like 3? I kind of need to save money. Can't I get some kind of discount if you buy it?
A: No. But if you start doing L[SD], Marijuana is gonna be a joke from there on. And that's how you end up going as far as cocaine. Then you'll really be in trouble.
B.I: Kekeke Don't worry, I'm just doing it because I want to become a genius.
A: You'll end up like [unnamed] if you keep that up kekeke.
B.I: I'm gonna do one drug for the rest of my life. Honestly I f***ing wanna do it everyday, but the stuff is hella expensive. So if you do L[SD], can you really see stuff? Like seeing things like they're graphics and hallucinations and stuff?
Kakao message below:
B.I: Should I just buy a bunch at once? Keke should I just buy 10?
A: Because you're annoyed with buying it over and over?
B.I: Yeah, that and I just want to have some on me, like 1,000,000 Won (~ $800 USD) worth.
A: 1,000,000 Won gets you about 6, if you want 10 it's 1,500,000 Won.
B.I: That's f***ing expensive kekeke. There's no discount for bulk buying?
A: I'll ask but keke. That's why I said to buy a little bit since it's your first time.
B.I: Keke Yah, I'm not like that, I'm gonna go all out from the start, that's the way men should be. But at least ask if there's a discount for bulk purchases..
A: I'll ask.
Kakao Messages Below:
A: Hey, don't ever talk about drugs with anyone else.
B.I: Keke I'm asking you because I've done [drugs] with you before.
A: You keep that up and I'll be the one to get in trouble with Yang-sajangnim. Be careful keke.
B.I: You can get ahold of it right away?
A: But seriously, keep your mouth shut.
B.I: But as long as you keep your mouth shut, you won't get caught doing drugs right. You have to get spinal tests done [to get caught].
A: You think they don't look through Kakao keke. They look through all your Kakao chats keke.
B.I: Yeah I know this is risky right now, for now delete this chat.
B.I: I'm a wimp so you better delete this chat dammit. I'm in Macao. I'm going back to Korea on Saturday, I better buy some from you.
In August of 2016, the dealer "A" was arrested for illegal drug dealing. Police took her phone and during hee questioning, she admitted to deliverign 10 pieces of LSD to B.I outside iKON's dorm.
In addition, Dispatch reported that another dealer "C" that was working with "A" provided a list of his buyers. Among this list was iKON's B.I with his name Kim Han Bin.
However, during her 3rd questioning, "A" suddenly took back her previous statement and said she had no idea where B.I obtained illegal drugs.
Dispatch believes that in between her first two questionings and her third, "A" was contacted by YG Entertainment. "A" attended her first two questionings on August 22, 2016. She was not detained and so was released until a week later where she was summoned for her third questioning on August 30, 2016.
According to Dispatch, within one week's time, YG Entertainment contacted "A" and hired a lawyer to represent her case, in which led to her taking back her previous statement.
As a result of her statement during her 3rd questioning, the policed ended their investigation without summoning B.I for questioning.
In response to these allegations, YG Entertainment has denied that Yang Hyun Suk (CEO) influenced "A" to change her testimony regarding B.I buying drugs.
According to 'KBS News' on June 12, 'A' was contacted by Yang Hyun Suk after she was questioned by police officers, and the YGE head allegedly pressured 'A' to change her testimony about B.I. The label also appointed a lawyer for 'A.' Police stated, "The lawyer was different from other lawyers. They went through every word of the person's testimony. It was overboard. A's behavior also changed. Her behavior was unnatural. The first thing she said to me when she came in was, 'I'm sorry, Detective.'"
The lawyer also stated to 'KBS News', "You know there is attorney-client confidentiality. I can't talk about this." YG Entertainment stated that their meeting with "A" was only to check her testimony and that they never pressured "A" to lie or take on a lawyer.
To Dispatch's Report, Police have stated they plan to reopen the investigation following B.I's drug scandal.
The narcotics team of the Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Station has now stated, "We'll contact 'A', who shared KakaoTalk messages with B.I about purchasing drugs, and if there are any changes in the testimony given by 'A', we'll look into reopening the investigation. At the time, there was difficulty finding objective evidence to verify the claims about B.I other than the testimony given by 'A', so we were unable to conduct an investigation."