A member of the rookie idol group Atomic Kiz, identified only by his surname Lee, has been arrested by police for assaulting a taxi driver.
According to Seoul’s Nowon Police, Lee was booked for assault on November 22 at 4:30 a.m. Lee was drinking near Shinsa Station in Seoul with his friends and was in a taxi to Nowon when he stopped the taxi midway, saying, “I think I’m going to throw up.” He ended up throwing up in the taxi and the taxi driver, surname Ko, demanded payment for the ride. Lee became angry and threatened the driver by pushing him and swearing at him. Ko called police, and Lee was charged when the police arrived. It was found that Lee didn’t have cash on hand at the time, having left his wallet at home.
Ko said, “Even when we were being investigated at the patrol station, Lee threatened me by saying, ‘I’m going to remember your face and kill you.'” He added, “I’m upset and humiliated that I was assaulted by a young man who could be my son.”
Meanwhile, Lee said, “Even though I admitted to my mistake, the police kept me isolated and wouldn’t listen to me. I became so frustrated that my words became harsh.”
A patrol station associate said, “Lee was drunk to the point where he didn’t know how much he drank, or if he had his wallet. It was hard to even confirm his identity, so we handed him over to Nowon police.” It was relayed that Lee was released at around 8:30 a.m. after reaching an agreement with Ko at at 8:00 a.m.
Atomic Kiz debuted in November of 2014 with “Lovers,” and Lee is known to be in charge of rapping in that group. Netizens are speculating that the member in question is the youngest member, J.Per.