ygfamilyy:

Prosecutors defend Park Bom over drug smuggling case!

Seoul prosecutors denied a newspaper claim they let singer Park Bom off the hook for drug smuggling four years ago.


A Segye Ilbo report on Monday revealed that Korean customs officers caught Park trying to import 82 amphetamine pills through international shipping in October 2010. Amphetamines are banned in Korea, and the newspaper questioned why the prosecution suspended its indictment of Park.

In response to the article, prosecution officials said Park had been legally prescribed amphetamines for her medical conditions when she lived in the United States.

"Smuggling and using amphetamine is a crime punishable by five-plus years in prison, so of course we are very careful in indicting people over this," a prosecution official said. "We took a hard look at the information, and there was no preferential treatment for Park.

"Through our investigation, we confirmed that Park had been prescribed amphetamines in the U.S. When she came to Korea, she felt that the drugs that contained no amphetamines did not work as well, so she ordered amphetamine pills based on what she had been prescribed in the U.S.”

Park is a member of 2NE1, one of the country’s most popular girl pop groups. Yang Hyun-suk, head of YG Entertainment, which manages 2NE1, criticized the Segye Ilbo report and briefly explained Park’s medical condition in a letter posted on the company’s website.

When she was a schoolgirl in the U.S., Park suffered psychological shock after witnessing a friend die during a soccer game, according to Yang. She received counseling and treatment and the drugs prescribed at an American hospital included amphetamines.
Source & Translated by: koreatimes

ygfamilyy:

Proofs of Park Bom’s past dugged up, matches ‘traumatic soccer story’!

There has been additional new confirming that Park Bom (also known as Jenny Park) was on a soccer team in the US and that there was in fact a tragic accident in the field which caused the death of a friend. News reports about incidents in Park Bom’s past are now being dug up due to the recent drug scandal the singer is in. 

Park Bom, whose American name is Jenny Park, is a known alumna of Gould Academy, with the official Twitter account of the school even tweeting for her single, “Don’t Cry”. 

In the articles, a student by the name of Jenny Park is mentioned for a story on Gould Academy’s top athletes in their soccer team by Sun Journal. The quote reads, “Jenny Park, a sophomore from Seoul, Korea, received the junior varsity coach’s award.” (Dated December 8, 1998). In another article by the same Sun Journal, dated October 7, 2000, an article reads the morbid title, "Young soccer player’s death ruled result of aneurysm". This matches the traumatic soccer story told by Yang Hyun Suk about Park Bom.

In the article, the journalist describes how emotional the incident was for students at Gould. The headmaster for Gould Academy revealed in a statement, “We stood on the spot and had a very emotional 45 minutes there.” 

In a recent blog post YG’s Yang Hyun Suk explained that after witnessing a sudden death of a friend on the field, Park Bom went through very difficult times, having to undergo psychotherapy and psychological treatment at the same time. She had been consistently taking medication officially prescribed by a famous university-affiliated hospital in the U.S.

Source: Sun Journal; koreaboo

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YG LIFE Update (140701): "EXPLANATION ON ARTICLES RELATED TO BOM"

ygfamilyy:

Dear readers, this is Yang Hyun Suk.

I am here to give you a brief explanation of the misunderstandings that surfaced last night.

Why is Yang explaining this in writing, instead of announcing the agency’s official stance?

I would like to point out the articles refer to the incident that…

ygfamilyy:

More details about Park Bom’s ‘smuggled drug’ revealed + response from the industry!

Amphetamine is a strong stimulant that affects the central nervous system, and is currently banned by law for domestic distribution in the United States and South Korea unless prescribed by a licensed professional to treat disorders including narcolepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It was revealed that Park Bom had a prescription for amphetamine, and therefore had the right to possess and send the pills through international mail, but since the packaged was addressed to a family member and not Bom questions were raised.

If she had failed to obtain or produce a prescription, then prosecutors would have all the justification and evidence needed to charge, fine and eventually jail her on drug-smuggling charges. Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be the case, and the case was rightfully suspended.

Back in 2011, several 2NE1 members were falsely accused of being connected to drug scandals, including Park Bom. The overhyping also followed with Korean media announcing that a list of K-pop celebrities who did drugs was to be released. YG Entertainment took the necessary legal actions and people who created the rumors about the members were investigated by the cyber police. Apparently, old rumors are being dug up again, and we could face a similar legal situation as in 2011. 

In Addition, 2NE1′s activities as promotional ambassadors for a campaign for the Ministry of Justice in 2010 are also being questioned by media outlets, who wonder whether this may have played a role in why Bom’s case was closed or suspended by the prosecution, raising questions about favoritism. 

Source: Segye; Kpopone; YGLadies

ygladies:

[140701] Yang Hyun Suk’s full interview concerning Park Bom’s allegations

YG Entertainment speaks up about “drug smuggling" that Park Bom is under suspicion of.

Through their official blog, YG’s representative Yang Hyunsuk posted an explanation about the news related to Park Bom.

Representative Yang said, “Park Bom has been receiving psychological consultation for many years and was prescribed medicine from a famous university hospital in the U.S. Because of her busy schedule, she wasn’t able to go to the U.S. and so Park Bom’s mother and grandmother who goes to the same hospital had the drugs delivered by mail to Park Bom. When it arrived in the country, it became a problem with customs.”

Why did you explain through your personal views and not as (the company) representative?

This news and its contents were released 4 years ago and at that time, Park Bom’s parents contacted me and saying that she received a shot and also told me about her shocking past. They only told me about this and before this news came out, all of YG’s members, and of course the 2NE1 members, did not know anything about this.

Because of that, compared to explaining this as a YG official, I came to the decision that explaining it personally is better.

What are your feelings as a producer about the news?

If I combine the years since she became a trainee and as 2NE1, I’m known her for 9 years.

For the 9 years that I’ve looked over the 2NE1 members, I don’t think they’ve ever smoked, drank, or go to a club besides for official events. Or at least, that’s what I know.. and I’ve never heard of any rumors about that from other people. The Park Bom that I’ve known suddenly became a “drug smuggler” because of a news article.

I was aghast and didn’t know what to say first and having to explain something that is utter nonsense? Maybe I shouldn’t have given her more activities? It is true that it became a concern for bit. At least even for 2NE1, who are in the midst of their world tour, as well as their fans… A foolish-like little sister who I’ve been taking care of suddenly became a drug smuggler one morning, I don’t think I’ve done my best to protect Park Bom.

What is the truth?

As fans have already known, before Park Bom debuted as a member of 2NE1, she lived in the U.S. for a long time and while growing up, she dreamed of being a soccer player. However, unfortunately, she personally witnessed the passing of a co-player and close friend during a match. After that, at such a young age, Park Bom has been receiving psychological consultation from a university hospital in the U.S. as she wasn’t able to comprehend the shock, sadness, and pain from that memory. Through that famous, university hospital, she’s been legally receiving prescribed medicine.

After that incident, Park Bom was not able to continue her dreams of being a soccer player, but switched to being a singer. She came back to Korea with that goal and came to YG to audition; I clearly remember that day. Out of all who failed the audition, what made me remember Park Bom was that right after we first met, she said a somewhat daring sentence, “I will not be a singer if not with YG.” She failed the auditions that year and came back the next year to audition again. She failed for 3 years, but after winning 1st place among thousands who participated, she was able to enter (the company) and that was a special memory that I have with Park Bom.

The reason I’m saying this is that for the 11 years since I’ve met Park Bom, I have never heard of any stories about it until her father told me the truth 4 years ago of her playing soccer and her medical history.

All things taken together, I didn’t want to tell the 2NE1 members with the mind of not wanting to bring up Park Bom’s painful past. This became a situation where she isn’t able to tell those words herself. 4 years ago until recently, Park Bom has been legally receiving prescribed medicine from a U.S. university hospital. Because of her busy schedule refraining her to go back to the U.S., Park Bom’s mother and grandmother who visit the same hospital had them deliver the medicine and it became a problem within the customs when it arrived in the country.

Fortunately, the U.S. university hospital has Park Bom’s medical report, records, prescriptions, etc; and including circumstantial evidence, all will be submitted for investigation and it will be safely processed and completed.

They said it contained a drug component, did she know about it?

It’s common sense, but where would you find a mother and grandmother that would give drugs to their daughter or granddaughter? Especially that nowadays you need a prescription from the doctor to obtain medicine/drugs and just how many people research about what chemicals are in that medicine/drug and then take it?

I also mentioned this in “Healing Camp” a few years ago that I always carry a tranquilizer for my panic disorder and that I had to take it every day. I wasn’t curious about what’s in those medicine and even if I’ve heard about it, I don’t think I’d understand it.

As for Park Bom, she only knew that she can’t get those medicine in Korea and didn’t know they were prohibited. 4 years ago, when she knew that those medicine were not allowed in Korea, she took a different medicine prescribed by a university hospital here in the country.

Because of their (2NE1’s) world tour and busy schedule, it’s been a while since I last saw her. Last night, she came to the building to record and that’s when the news came out. I saw her cry all night long and having to release a story that Park Bom doesn’t want to talk about, I have mixed emotions right now.

I apologize for causing concern to many people and I will come back with good news. Thank you.

2014.07.01
Yang Hyunsuk

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Netizen response to the drug smuggling allegations was initially very bad. Even with this statement some netizens are calling for the release of Bom’s medical records. However, Bom & YG plan to handle this and she will have Blackjacks’ full support.

Source: YG-LifeOSEN

Translated by YGLadies.com

ygladies:

[140701] Update on allegations surrounding 2NE1’s Park Bom 

As some of you may know, YG Entertainment is currently in an emergency meeting related to recent allegations against 2NE1‘s Park Bom. While we wait for YGE to release an official statement,  please find below a summary of the current status of this matter.

PLEASE NOTE that everything reported in the media should be taken with a grain of salt. The Korean media reports on this matter are also filled with misunderstanding and misrepresentations. 

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Late last night, Korean media hyped reports that 2NE1 member Park Bom was caught attempting to “smuggle” large amounts of narcotics into the country back in 2010, but was never charged after investigators found she had been prescribed with amphetamine.

According to KBS News, Bom allegedly “attempted to smuggle” 82 pills of amphetamine from the United States through FedEx international mail to Seoul, South Korea in October 12, 2010. Korean customs personnel intercepted and flagged the package at Incheon International Airport and traced it back to the 2NE1 singer.

The package was on track to be delivered to a relative.

An investigation into the incident began shortly after an Incheon district prosecutor filed a criminal case on October 19. Bom was never booked for the drug-related crime, and the case was soon suspended on November 30 after investigators found she had a prescription, meaning that charges would not move forward.

Executives at Bom’s parent company, YG Entertainment, have reportedly gathered for an emergency meeting. 

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN PLAIN ENGLISH?

Amphetamine is a strong stimulant that affects the central nervous system, and is currently banned by law for domestic distribution in the United States and South Korea unless prescribed by a licensed professional to treat disorders including narcolepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Park Bom had a prescription for amphetamine, and therefore had the right to possess and send the pills through international mail. If she had failed to obtain or produce a prescription, then prosecutors would have all the justification and evidence needed to charge, fine and eventually jail her on drug-smuggling charges. Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be the case, and the case was rightfully suspended.

HAS THIS HAPPENED BEFORE?

You bet. Back in 2011, several 2NE1 members were falsely accused of being connected to drug scandals, including Park Bom. The overhyping also followed with Korean media announcing that a list of K-pop celebrities who did drugs was to be released. Apparently, old rumors are being dug up again, and we could face a similar legal situation as in 2011.

So next time you see something that looks like a “scandal”, do your research and never accept anything you see without hint of suspicion. Today doesn’t appear to be a great day for (some) K-pop media.

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

1) Netizens are looking to YG Entertainment’s statements to get a clear idea of what had exactly happened and what was the exact reason for why she was given the clear as the drug is still considered illegal in Korea. The agency says they were working on their statement, but that they’ve experienced delays in preparing it so it may come a bit later than expected.

2) 2NE1′s activities as promotional ambassadors for a campaign for the Ministry of Justice in 2010 are being questioned by media outlets, who wonder whether this may have played a role in why Bom’s case was closed or suspended by the prosecution, raising questions about favoritism.

3) Bom’s continued participation on ‘Roommate‘ is being looked into. The PDs were asked about whether the revelation of this past incident would play a role in Bom’s appearance in the show, and a rep responded, “We held an emergency meeting after the staff learned about Bom’s news… We are currently sorting out our position on the matter… There is nothing that can be said at the moment. We are currently talking it over.”

4) There are allegations that this incident is being revived due to investigations into government mistakes during the Sewol rescue. There are also allegations the government are misusing the victims fund.

There is no doubt about the fact that 2NE1′s image as a group and Bom’s personal image will be tainted by this controversy. Whether Bom is cleared or not, there will be those individuals who will never see the girls in the same light again. That is the truly unfortunate reality about rumors and gossip-mongering. Our best device as Blackjacks is to give her encouragement, send our love, and show the world the true strength that is the Blackjack fandom.

Source: kpoponeallkpopsegye

Fanart Credit: bachunkomix

Edited w/additional information by staff@ygladies.com 

ygladies:

[FLASHPROJECT #9] To Bom: ‘Blackjacks are Right Beside You’

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In light of rumours surrounding Bom we have decided it would be the right time for BlackJacks to come together and voice their support for our 8D goddess. We want to get this done as quickly as possible to send to Bom, so we must be fast. To show our support for Bom you can post a simple message in this thread, or video, which will be compiled into one cool video similar to our iblackjacktvs and sent to Bom. 

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Each video should include: 

  • Location / Name (If you want)
  • 30 seconds to 1 minute of support

Each text post should include

  • Location / Name (If you want)
  • 100 words maximum (donors and staff have an unlimited word limit)
  • You can put your message on a background, but it is not necessary.

We will be collecting messages and videos until July 4th EST so get your messages asap!

Once the video is submitted, we may cut/alter your video to fit the overall video project, as everything will be compiled into one video.Send the video to us either on our blog post HERE or on our forum HERE.
 

Name:
Age:
Location: (Where you are from?)
Video Link: 
(Videos must be in XVID or AVI format. www.mediafire.com or other upload service is preferred. The higher/better the video quality the better.)
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