[Reporter Se-yeon Park, Daily Economy Star Today]
Singer Jung Il-hoon (26), sent to the prosecution on drug charges, leaves BTOB.
On the 31st, the agency Cube Entertainment officially announced that Jung Il-hoon’s withdrawal from BTOB. The agency said, “Jung Il-hoon is taking responsibility and deeply reflecting on the fact that this incident has broken the trust of many fans and caused disappointment. The company also took it seriously, and after careful discussion, his opinion that he can no longer damage the group. We respected and decided to withdraw from his team starting today.”
Accordingly, in the future, B2B will continue its activities with a six-member system, including Seo Eun-kwang, Lee Min-hyuk, Lee Chang-seop, Yook Sung-jae, Peniel, and Lim Hyun-sik.
According to the police, Jung Il-hoon has been accused of smoking marijuana several times with friends since 4-5 years ago. He was known to have used about 100 million won worth of cryptocurrency for drug transactions, which greatly disappointed fans. In July, Jung Il-hoon was sent to the prosecution with an accomplice on charges of violating the Narcotics Control Act.
Jung Il-hoon, who debuted as a member of B2B in 2012, played an active part in the team as a main rapper and participated in writing and composing lyrics such as ‘Don’t Cry’ and ‘Movie’. He is currently serving as a social worker.
<BTOB agency’s Announcement>
This is Cube entertainment.
First of all, we bow down and apologize for causing concern for our artist Jung Il-hoon’s problem.
Jung Il-hoon is deeply reflecting on his responsibility for the fact that this incident broke the trust of many fans and caused disappointment. We also took it seriously and, after careful discussion, we decided to withdraw from the team starting today, respecting my opinion that it could no longer damage the group.
We feel a heavy sense of responsibility for the current situation, and we will do our best to be able to faithfully deal with future investigations.
In the future, BTOB will continue to release albums with rest 6 members, and we will do our best to support B2B to show more mature music and stage.
Once again, we sincerely apologize to the fans who support and care for BTOB.
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