Actress Park Han Byul's husband is reported to have bribed police to cover up F.T. Island Jonghun's DUI case in 2016.
Park Han Byul's husband was previously accused of being involved in the 'Burning Sun' club prostitution scandal, and recent reports have revealed he may have been closely connected to the alleged members of Seungri and Jung Joon Young's controversial chatroom. SBS' '8 O'Clock News' revealed the KakaoTalk text messages involving Jonghun, Mr. Kim, Seungri, and Jung Joon Young as follows:
"Jonghun: Idol group member gets caught drunk driving... (original headline)
Thankfully, I lived due to XXhyung's grace.
Mr. Kim: Jonghun had a good experience
He wore handcuffs
He even ran away from police
What a thrill
Jung Joon Young: Jonghun could've been on the first page of the newspaper
Mr. Heo: Could've been a featured story
Mr. Park: He could've gotten famous
Jonghun: Why would I make headlines.
Do you know how quietly I handled it.
Mr. Kim: Quietly?
Do you know how much CEO Yoo had to intervene?
Seungri: Don't even think about getting your next DUI covered up. XXhyung used his own money to cover for you, and you do this"
Reports allege the figure who used money to cover for Jonghun is Park Han Byul's husband.
More accusations concerning Jung Joon Young's previous hidden camera case have also been revealed. On the same episode of '8 O'Clock News', SBS reported the police officer who took on Jung Joon Young's case in 2016 improperly handled evidence. It's reported he requested the digital forensics company in charge of examining the evidence on Jung Joon Young's cell phone throw it out. Reportedly, officers at the Seongdong Police Station requested the digital forensics company submit an official letter stating they were not able to retrieve data from the phone. The police officer stated in a call on August 22, 2016, "Since we're working on the case, something complicated has come up. Jung Joon Young told us he left the data here. Doesn't it take some time? He admitted it himself anyways, and we don't have a lot of time. I wanted to ask if you could write us a letter of confirmation stating the data was unable to be restored since the phone is old and worn for the data results." When the forensics company rejected the request, police completed the investigation before the data was received.
The police officer in question denied the allegations and stated the investigation is ongoing. SBS then confronted him with the recorded phone conversation, and he responded he did not remember the case in detail.
Stay tuned for updates.