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KBS has decided to suspend Kim Ho-joong, a singer accused of “drinking and running.”

Kim Ho-joong.  Photo: Yoo Yong-seok
Kim Ho-joong. Photo: Yoo Yong-seok

KBS has decided to suspend Kim Ho-joong, a singer accused of “drinking and running.”

KBS said the decision regarding Kim Ho-joong was made by the Broadcasting Regulations Review Commission on January 29.

KBS stated: “Prior to the court’s ruling, singer Kim Ho-joong caused serious public controversy with repeated lies about his drunken getaway accident and decided to temporarily suspend his performances after receiving a petition from several viewers to ban him from the show,” adding : “We will adjust the level of regulation again later, in line with the court’s ruling from the first hearing.”

In the future, if Kim Ho-joong is convicted at trial, the level of sanction will be discussed again by the judges’ committee and raised to “broadcasting suspension”.

Earlier, the KBS viewer bulletin board received a number of petitions demanding Kim’s departure.

KBS decides to suspend broadcasting, temporarily limit appearances and recommend refraining from appearing in the program, depending on the severity of the issue, for celebrities and ordinary people who have caused social controversy with illegal or immoral acts, such as sexual violence, driving under under the influence of alcohol and drug offenses.

As a result, Kim Ho-joong was also reviewed. Kim Ho-joong, suspected of causing a traffic accident after driving under the influence of alcohol, continued his performance by lying that he had not driven under the influence for 10 days after the accident.

On the 9th, Kim Ho-joong crossed the center line on a road in Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, and contacted a taxi from the other side. After the accident, the agency representative and the head of the headquarters reportedly ordered or implemented a driver change and removal of the black box memory card to eliminate Kim Ho-joong’s drunken driving situation. Kim Ho-joong is charged with causing dangerous injury while driving and escaping under the Weighted Sentences for Special Offenses Act, failing to take action after an accident under the Road Traffic Act and assisting criminals. The three were arrested on December 24 and are under police investigation.