Former idol-turned-actor Cha Joo Hyuk has been found guilty of violating drug laws and also causing a serious car accident after driving under the influence of alcohol.
On June 22, the Seoul Central District Court gave him a prison sentence of 18 months.
Cha Joo Hyuk apologized for his illegal behavior, saying, I usually cant even drink one glass of alcohol, but I began drinking while trying to stop drug consumption. I was having a rough time and even ended up causing an accident.
The court stated, Drug-related crimes lead to severe punishments if addiction or negative social influence are involved. The defendant was previously prosecuted for drug use, but he proceeded to smuggle marijuana. He smoked and injected various drugs, so we cant call this a light crime. Even after he was fined 1 million won (approximately $870) for drunk driving, he caused a car accident.
Cha Joo Hyuk has admitted to his crimes after cooperating with investigations, and he will be going through drug rehab regularly.