(Photo : ) Block B"s Zico is embroiled in controversy, following a minor drunk driving accident with his manager.
On July 10, the Korean outlet Newsen released an exclusive report which alleged that Block B"s Zico was involved in a drunk driving accident on July 8. According to the report, Zico was involved in a traffic accident while trying to return home from a birthday party. His manager was allegedly behind the steering wheel during the time of the incident.
Representatives for Zico"s agency, Seven Seas, issued a press release addressing the incident. "On July 8, Zico attended a birthday party to celebrate the birthday of Kyung Park, with other members of Block B," said a representative for Seven Seas, in a statement published by XSports News. "Block B recorded in the studio, that day, and his manager was driving. After checking with Zico and his manager, they both were drinking, and the manager drove to take them home. His manager deeply regrets driving drunk."
The agency went on to state that Zico"s blood alcohol count was measured at 0.000 percent. "Zico is apologetic and regrets that he failed to realize that his manager was driving while drunk," said the agency, through a press statement.
Seven Seas assumed responsibility for the actions of their employees and the incident.
A subsequent report published by Star News announced the initial results of the police investigation. The Gangnam Police investigated the incident through the black box of the vehicle and security camera footage. The investigation confirmed that Zico and his manager did not switch seats, confirming that his manager was the driver.
According to Star News, the blood alcohol count for Zico"s manager measured 0.163 percent. "After the accident, the airbags deployed and the manager came out from the driver seatwhile Zico was a passenger," said the Gangnam Chief of Traffic Police, after examining CCTV footage. "Zico was not drunk at the time of the accident."
The accident could have further consequences on Zico. Zico is currently appearing as judge on the popular Mnet hip-hop competition program, "Show Me the Money."
A subsequent article published by TV Report provided a statement from representatives for "Show Me the Money." "We will decide Zico"s future on the show, according to the accident investigation," said representatives for the competition.
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