SEOUL — K-pop artist G-Dragon, a member of the group BIGBANG, will voluntarily appear for police questioning next week over suspicions of illegal drug use, according to a statement released by his lawyer, Kim Su-hyeon, on Tuesday. The lawyer announced that G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, is scheduled to appear for questioning on Monday to facilitate a "swift and fair investigation."
According to Yonhap News Agency, G-Dragon has been booked for an investigation and is barred from leaving the country. The police confirmed they have coordinated the date with the singer and will conduct an instant drug test to assess whether he has consumed any illegal substances. G-Dragon is suspected of violating the Narcotics Control Act but has refuted these allegations.
The statement from his lawyer comes a day after the 35-year-old artist announced his intent to cooperate with the investigation. The lawyer urged the media to act responsibly to avert the spread of false information that could cause irreversible damage to the singer's reputation. Kim Su-hyeon also warned of stringent action against any false or defamatory reporting about G-Dragon.
In a related development, police have also summoned actor Lee Sun-kyun for a second round of questioning, scheduled for Saturday. Lee returned home following an initial reagent test last week that yielded a negative result. He is suspected of using marijuana and other illegal drugs in the home of a hostess in Seoul's Gangnam district on several occasions since the beginning of the year. Authorities have asked the National Forensic Service to conduct an extensive analysis on a sample of his urine and hair, the results of which could take over two weeks. Police said the decision to file an arrest warrant for Lee would depend on his admission to the charges and the frequency of his drug use.