SM Releases Statement On Composer Yoo Young Jin’s License Plate Violation
SM Entertainment acknowledged and apologized for recent news that composer Yoo Young Jin had violated motorcycle laws.
On July 18, SM Entertainment said through an official statement, “Yoo Young Jin deeply apologizes for his foolish and ignorant actions without excuses and is reflecting. He will not try to avoid his responsibilities, but will face them sincerely, and make sure that he does everything he can so this does not happen again. We apologize for worrying many people and we sincerely apologize.”
They continued, “After confirming the details with producer Yoo Young Jin, in a situation where the authentication for two of his motorcycles was not yet complete, he violated the law when he used his original motorcycle’s license plate and and got into a minor accident.”
According to a source, Yoo Young Jin broke the law when he used another motorcycle’s license plate in order to ride a high-grade imported motorcycle that cannot be driven in Korea. It is due in part to its emissions of exhaust fumes that has caused its failure to pass the Ministry of Environment’s inspections.
The source also reported that Yoo Young Jin’s actions were discovered in May due to a car accident. Immediately following the accident, Yoo Young Jin contacted the insurance company but was suspected of switching the license plates and eventually caught.
Currently, the police booked Yoo Young Jin without detention for violating Article 238 (Counterfeit or Misappropriation of Official Seals). Because license plates are considered official seals, switching them is considered misuse.
Yoo Young Jin is known for participating in the composition of numerous songs, including Red Velvet’s “Bad Boy,” Girls’ Generation’s “I Got A Boy,” and EXO-CBX’s “Blooming Day.”