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Yang Hyun Suk releases a letter offering an explanation on Park Bom's incident 4 years ago + prosecution denies special treatment

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It's been a crazy morning or night for both fans as well as those over at the YG Entertainment headquarters with the outbreak of the news regarding Park Bom's incident almost 4 years ago. 

As mentioned previously, it suddenly came to light that Bom had tried to receive a drug that is illegal in Korea through international mail before it was caught by customs, an act that was defined as smuggling. Although she was cleared by the prosecution almost 4 years back, the news was still a shocking one and many had voiced their opinions about the matter.

YG Entertainment had said they were planning to release an official statement through the press, but it seems they have decided to address fans and the public through a personal letter from Yang Hyun Suk instead.

Check out what he has to say below. 

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Hello, this is Yang Hyun Suk..

I wanted to explain about the report of misunderstanding that had suddenly spread yesterday night.

Why is this being explained through Yang Hyun Suk's letter and not as an official YG statement?

To be accurate, the content in the article was something that happened 4 years ago, and something that I was first told of then when Park Bom's parents came to us and told us that they had been investigated, and also about a shocking incident Bom had experienced in the past and her medical history. So until all this, all of YG as well as the 2NE1 members had no knowledge of this.

That's why I thought that rather than to have YG, which doesn't really know the situation, release an official statement, it is better for me, who directly heard of all this [from Bom's parents], to tell you about it.

Your feelings about the article as a producer?

If you combine the training years, then the amount of time I've been with 2NE1 is 9 years.

The 2NE1 members I have watched over for 9 years do not smoke... do not drink much... and seems to me to have never once gone out to hang out at a club besides for official events.

At least from what I know, that's how it is... and also because I've never heard of rumors of that sort from those around me.

But the Bom that I know to be this way has suddenly become overnight a 'drug smuggler' according to the title of the article.

It's absurd and shocking that I don't know what to start off saying?
Should I be explaining this absurdity? Will that end up making this situation even bigger?

It's true that these did momentarily present a concern.

However, for all the fans of 2NE1, who are currently on their world tour... for the silly and dongseng-like Bom who became a drug smuggler overnight, I thought that I couldn't just sit back and watch.

What is the truth?

As fans already know, Park Bom spent a long time in the U.S. before 2NE1 debut, and she has said that there was a time when she dreamed of becoming a soccer player.

However, she directly witnessed a close friend dying during a game, and after that, Bom had spent difficult days as she fell into sorrow and shock that was difficult for her to handle at a young age. After that, she spent several years receiving psychological counseling and treatment and used drugs that were prescribed to her by a famous university hospital in the U.S.

After that incident, Park Bom was no longer able to continue on with soccer, and after changing her dreams to that of becoming a singer, she came to Korea and participated in the YG audition. It's a day I remember clearly.
The reason that I remember Park Bom among the numerous audition contestants is because as soon as I saw her, she had boldly stated, "If it's not YG, I'm not going to be a singer."

Although she didn't pass that audition, she came again the year after that and she didn't make it again, but in her third year, she qualified in first place among the thousands that had participated, so I think that is why Park Bom remains clear in my memory.

The reason why I am talking about these seemingly irrelevant matters is that considering that I did not know that she played soccer or about her medical history until her father told me 4 years ago, even though it's been 11 years since I first saw Bom, and that she's never brought this up to her members, it seems clear that this is a painful memory that Bom doesn't want to bring back.

Up until 4 years ago, Bom had been using the medication that she had been formally prescribed by the university hospital in the U.S., but because she could not go to the States due to her busy schedule, in the process of receiving the medication from her mom and grandmother, it had become a problem because it is a medication that is prohibited in Korea.

But luckily, her medical record over the past several years and her prescription from the university hospital were received and submitted during the investigation, so it was an event that was safely and soundly wrapped up with every evidence being provided.

It's said [the drug] has narcotic properties, did they know of this?

In common sense, what mother and grandmother would go get their daughter and grandmother narcotics?

Especially in a world like today when most medications need prescriptions, how many people know of what kind of properties a medication has?

Like I mentioned through my appearance on 'Healing Camp' before, I have to carry around a sedative and take it on a daily basis because of my panic attacks, but I am not curious about what properties make up that medication and even if someone told me, I wouldn't understand very well.

In the case of Bom, she only knew that the medication she took in the States was not available in Korea. It doesn't seem she understood that it was a medication that was prohibited in Korea.

After realizing this after the investigation 4 years ago, from what I know, she has been using another medication prescribed by a university hospital in Korea.

Because they've been busy with their world tour, I haven't seen Park Bom in a while either, but I ran into her when she came out to the office to record last night and saw her shed tears throughout the night because of the articles coming out. After seeing her this way, I feel torn that it has come to a situation where I have to explain a past that Bom does not want to reveal.

I want to wrap up my words as I apologize for bringing about worry to many of you. I will greet you again with happy news soon. Thank you.


Yang Hyun Suk


[Update] - In addition to Bom, the prosecution department has been under fire for possibly letting Park Bom off the hook so easily because of her celebrity status. Along with Park Bom's case, news of an employee of a large company having been charged with an offense for a similar case around the same time period spread. This left netizens to point out that prosecution showed Park Bom special treatment. 

According to 10Asia, a prosecution rep denied the accusations being made. He commented, "It's true that one can be sentenced to 5 years or more in prison if one smuggled in amphetamine and used it... So because of this, cases like these are looked upon even more strictly... In the case of Park Bom, it was revealed that she had received prescription for the drug due to her personal medical history... Park Bom says that she tried taking medication without amphetamine before, after she came to Korea, but it didn't work as well for her. That's why she had ordered for the amphetamine as prescribed to her in the U.S... In situations like these, for cases involving narcotics, we usually clear most of their suspicions or we suspend the case. We don't let it off like this when the crime is one that should be given 5 or more years in prison. We look over it strictly... We didn't give just Park Bom special treatment."

This situation is currently bringing about mixed reactions as some feel for Bom's unfortunate past experience and say it seems to be an innocent mistake, while others still say there are questions left to be answered and are not so well receiving of the explanations offered.

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Marysc Monday, February 2, 2015


Q; Did the police just let Park Bom go?

A; The police were suspicious from how she got the medicine, and how she got to bring it in Korea.

Q; If she was confident, why did she send her medicine to her grandmother's house?

A; It was 4 years ago. October 2010. Dispatch was also not sure. We did have some points that suspected her. That time, person A was the investigator, B was Park Bom's close person, C was the person from the government, and D was from the drug investigating place. We also called the hospital in USA.

Then we concluded that there was Park Bom's mistake too. So we decided to do the Q&D (Question&Dispatch) to solve this. How Park Bom got this medicine, and what the events that happened while this case was investigated.

Q1; Let us see how Park Bom got the medicine. First, why was it Amphetamine.

D; When Park Bom was in High School, she had to go through an scary incident. She had seen her friend dying infront of her. From this day onwards, Park Bom had to go through hard time. It was hard for her to control her feelings. She went to the hospital to get consulted and got some medicines.

Q2; So was the Amphetamine a medicine used to cure her mental stability.

D2; After that incident, Park Bom went through a lot of consulting and treatment. Bom had to use Amphetamine for her curing purposes. Amphetamine is a legal medicine in USA. She took this medicine without any problem.

Q3; 2010, Park Bom was in Korea. She didn't get treatment in Korea.

D3; She was also consulted and treated in Korea. Ofcourse, she used some medicines in Korea too. But there are medicines that fit well on every people.

Q4; So she asked for Amphetamine?

D4; Park Bom's mom called the hospital in USA. She might have thought that her daughter's health was getting worse. She asked the hospital for some medicines.

Q5; Are you talking about what Yang Hyunsuk said "Which mom would give her daughter drugs?"

D5; Yes. Bom's mom called first. This is where you can see the relationship between what YG said. If she knew it was a drug then she wouldn't have asked for the medicine. Ofcourse, Park Bom called the hospital too. And because it was a hospital Bom always used to go, she explained how her health was worsening and asked for medicine.

Q6; But isn't it illegal to ask for medicine like that?

D6; Actually, it is impossible. However, if the person has a disease, they do give the medicine sometimes. And the hospital might have thought that Park Bom couldn't come to the hospital in the US. So the medicine was given. The medicine was bought by Park Bom's family from her mother's side as they're living in USA.

Q7; But why didn't Park Bom know that Amphetamine was illegal?

D7; She knew that this medicine wasn't sold in Korea. But she didn't know the reason. She thought it was just the problem of customs in the airport. As she knew that she can't buy the medicine in Korea, she thought she could just buy it in USA.

Q8; Didn't she put the address to her Grandmother because she knew it was illegal. To hide herself?

D8; The reason why she changed the address was because nobody was usually home. Bom's mom also used to go out frequently. So she put the address to her grandma, as she knew that she wouldn't miss the package cause her grandma was always home.

Q9; Now let's see how the steps were taken to investigate this case.

D9; 2010 October 12th, they found 82 pills of Amphetamine which came in to Incheon airport. It was addressed to one of the houses in Incheon. Park Bom's grandmother.

Q10; The police knew that an illegal drug came in. Why wasn't the person taken in at once.

D10; Usually, we investigate drug cases by looking at how it came in to Korea. We needed to know how and where it came in from first.

Q11; What did the police further do with this case.

D11; Just like Park Bom's situation. After this drug was caught, the police started moving after a week. They went to the house where it was delivered first. There was Park Bom's grandmother there. The grandma's child, thus, Park Bom's mom had already taken the medicine.

Q12; So did they go to Park Bom's house in Seoul?

D12; They headed to Seoul. They investigated the house where Park Bom was living with her mom. Then they found a evidence. This was where the police came to a dilemma.

Q13; I heard the police were disappointed(?)

D13; First, they counted the number of medicine. There were about 78 pills. In 1 week, she had taken 3-4 pills only. If this case was to get bigger, a lot of pills must be gone. However, by seeing that only 3-4 pills were missing, they could only conclude by seeing this medicine for only curing purpose.

Q14; Wait a minute, we need to see some points on people who bring in drugs.

D14; There are 3 points which would lead them to punishment.

1) People who bring in for exporting these drugs or business.

2) If these drugs are really serious and dangerous.

3) People involved in this case.

Q15; So did they think that none of these points matched Park Bom's case?

D15; Amphetamine can be used to cure depression. To make it Philopon, there must be another special thing mixed in. However, Park Bom only took in 3-4 pills in a week.

Q16; Anyways, it is true that she brought in an illegal medicine to Korea.

D16; Yes, we agree to this. That's why she was investigated. Her mom was investigated too. However, we only give punishment to people who make these drugs, shares it with others and tell them where it comes from. However, Park Bom was in neither of these. There were 78 pills were kept with her. With everything still packed.

Q17; What did Park Bom show as evidence?

D17; She showed the prescription letter for evidence. It was a letter that showed that she was getting treated. She also showed the letter for the medicine she was given.

Q18; So we can't say she got the advantage from the police?

D18; This is what it's said.

"Even if it's a drug, she didn't run away with it. She got the medicine from a hospital, and if there's a special letter that she got the medicine for treatment, it's okay."

Q19; Not long, there was a Samsung staff who got arrested by a similar case.

D19; In this case, the person didn't tell out who the person got the drug from. The police says that the person got the Amphetamine from a close person. Ofcourse, if the person has a letter saying that he/she needs it for medication, it would be fine.

Q20; Oppositely, are there anyone who has a similar case at Park Bom?

D20; On June, A staff got suspected for a drug which has a plant root powder inside. However, the person's son had ADHD, and got this medicine to Korea as the person heard that this medicine was good for ADHD. This person was then unsuspected.

Q21; Some person says that she got through it cause she was from YG.

D21; The police says that bringing in drugs is a really big issue. And if a celebrity did it, it would be bigger. It's a case that all prosecutors would want to catch. Fans would think that YG is great, but police would look at YG as a good prey.

bigbangblackjack Thursday, December 4, 2014

i honestly teared up ... i can't beliave how heartlesss people can be ... !! may god be with you boomie and protect from every harm !! god bless YG PAPA <3

ygbaby21 Friday, November 21, 2014


Kathy_Pfft Saturday, November 8, 2014

I hope Park Bom gets better...

chipslove Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It was four years ago! Reporters can be so evil to try to ruin people life for money. People don't even know the whole story n they already judging her. If yall was going through her situation yall will do the same thing. instead of pointing fingers look at yourself first those who is judging her.

DaeHanMinGukfore Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Awww that is really nice of YG to state in the letter and personally explaining the situation for everyone. It must be really hard for Bom. I hope that she can be well and continue to do well. She can get back up soon. Bom, stay strong and I hope to see you smile again soon!!! Blackjack! 2ne1 forever <3

licia17_nisperos Tuesday, July 29, 2014

unnie fighting!! <3

yonggi1993 Friday, July 25, 2014

This should never have happened to Bommie like this. This was all in her past there was no need to bring it up again. No matter what I believe in her. Love you Bommie!

4everfangurl92 Friday, July 25, 2014

tsch, actually it's normal for a husband and a wife to fight over something, or nag eachother, but this one is quite too much... >.< I wish their was someone who able to help the girl..I bet she would be directly send in the E.R, she might have blood clots in her head...

HiJane Friday, July 18, 2014


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