Former iKON B.I. Admits to Drug Allegations, Prosecution Requests 3-Year Prison Sentence and Fine

B.I., a former iKON member, has admitted to drug allegations raised against him, and the prosecution has requested that the idol be sentenced to three years in prison and a fine.

On Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. KST, B.I.'s first trial took place at the Seoul Central District Court for the charges made against the male idol for violating the narcotics law of South Korea.

Former iKON B.I. was accused of attempting to purchase drugs, such as marijuana and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) back in 2016. Dispatch reported that the police discovered a conversation on KakaoTalk between him and a man who was arrested on charges of dealing with drugs.

iKON B.I.
(Photo : iKON Facebook)

Former iKON B.I. Admits to Drug Allegations, Might Be Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison and Pay a Fine

During the trial held on this day, B.I. appeared at the Seoul Central District Court in a calm manner wearing a black suit. The idol submitted a statement of remorse to the court on Aug. 25 and admitted to all the charges made against him about purchasing and administering drugs.

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Since former iKON member B.I. admitted to the drug allegations, the prosecution asked the court to give him a sentence of three years in prison and let him pay a fine of 1.5 million won (approximately 1,280 USD).

iKON B.I.
(Photo : iKON Facebook)

Previously, B.I. finished a total of nine investigations and drug testing sessions during the legal process.

In February 2020, it was reported that the former iKON member tested negative for illegal drugs.

B.I. already admitted to some drug allegations during police questioning back in September 2019, and as a result, his status was changed to that of a suspect. In particular, he was booked on suspicions of violating the Act on the Control of Narcotics, etc.

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On June 7 of this year, the violent crimes department of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office indicted former iKON member B.I. on the charge of violating the narcotics law in May.

iKON B.I.
(Photo : iKON Facebook)

On the same day, YG Entertainment's former CEO Yang Hyun Suk was accused of threatening the man from whom B.I. was purchasing drugs in 2016 to reverse his statement concerning B.I. buying and using illegal drugs.

Yang was also indicted for attempting to cover up the police investigation on former iKON B.I.'s drug case. The man did change his testimony, and so B.I. was initially cleared from his charges that year.

B.I. Makes Solo Comeback with "WATERFALL" Prior to His Trial

Before his first trial took place, B.I returned to the K-pop scene with his first full-length studio album, "WATERFALL," on June 1.

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B.I. stated that "WATERFALL" represents his past, present, and future. The album comprises 12 songs in total, with "illa illa" serving as the title track. The male idol written and composed all of the songs as he collaborated with other producers.

iKON B.I.
(Photo : Instagram: @shxxbi131)

B.I.'s "WATERFALL" features rapper Tablo of Epik High (on "Stay") and female soloist Lee Hi (on "Daydream").

Regarding the music video for B.I.'s "illa illa," it reached 12.7 million views in the first 24 hours, becoming the most viewed among debut MVs of male soloists in the first 24 hours.

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Written by Mhaliya Scott

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