South Korean superstar Yoo Ah-in to appear for questioning over alleged drug use

SEOUL, March 20 (Bernama-Yonhap): South Korean top star Yoo Ah-in is scheduled to appear before police later this week for questioning over allegations of illegal drug use, police officials said Monday.

The superstar actor, who has acted in many Korean blockbusters, has been tested positive for four banned substances -- propofol, marijuana, cocaine and ketamine -- in a recent forensic drug test in the capital.

He will now will undergo questioning this Friday (March 24) as a criminal suspect at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Yonhap news agency quoted the officials.

The police investigation began after the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said that Yoo's prescription purchases for propofol for nonmedical purposes have been too frequent since 2021.

The talented Yoo, besides being an actor is also a creative director and gallerist.

He is known for playing a diverse spectrum of roles in both television and film, where he often portrays dynamic characters who exhibit significant personal growth.

He is the recipient of various accolades including Asian Film Awards, Fantasia International Film Festival's Cheval Noir award, two Blue Dragon Film Awards and two Baeksang Arts Awards.

His most famous role is in the legendary Korean movie Burning.

For his role as Lee Jong-su in Burning, Yoo received international critical acclaim, including being selected for The New York Times' "The Best Actors of 2018" feature, making him the only Asian to be on the list and the first Korean actor to do so. - Bernama-Yonhap

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