On 13th March, it was confirmed that FTISLAND’s Choi Jong Hoon was caught driving under the influence of alcohol in Itaewon, Seoul.
The singer agency, FNC Entertainment confirmed the news in their statement stating, “After checking with him personally, we confirmed that Choi Jong Hoon was caught drunk driving by the police in Itaewon, Seoul in February 2016. He paid a fine of 2.5 million won (approximately $2,200) and got his license suspended for 100 days.”
However, more information regarding the incident has resurfaced. New evidence of the incident reports that the singer attempted to bribe the police officer who caught him red handed in the act.
According to the source, Jong Hoon offered 2 million won (approximately $1,778) to the officer during the incident. Nevertheless, his offer was turned down by the officer.
“We have booked Choi Jong Hoon for now because we received a testimony from the officer that [Choi Jong Hoon] showed desire to offer bribes to him. We will confirm how [Choi Jong Hoon] offered the bribes, how [the offer] was rejected, and how [the situation] was concluded, through further investigation,” said a source from the police.
Aside from this scandal, the singer has come under fire for involvement in the chatroom scandal in which he has publicly apologised for. In his lengthy Instagram post, the singer apologised for his mistakes and announced his exit from the industry.