MBC Reports On Hwang Ha Na’s Alleged Drug Use, Frequenting Burning Sun, And Favorable Treatment During Investigation
On April 2, MBC’s “Newsdesk” reported on allegations of Hwang Ha Na’s drug use as well as the suspicions that she received favorable treatment during her investigation.
In addition, MBC reports that Hwang Ha Na frequented the club Burning Sun and is also friends with a Burning Sun MD (merchandiser or promoter) who has been arrested under drug-related charges.
A video that MBC obtained shows Hwang Ha Na in 2015, sitting down as she waves her arm and talks partially in nonsense, saying that she feels like she’s in a daze. The person who provided the video to MBC said that Hwang Ha Na, who doesn’t drink alcohol, was likely on drugs.
An acquaintance of Hwang Ha Na told MBC that they saw her taking drugs in 2015 using a syringe. They stated that she injected Philopon (a form of methamphetamine) several times with friends, either at hotels or at an acquaintance’s home.
MBC reports that Hwang Ha Na is also well known as a major customer at Burning Sun, and she is described as being very close with the Burning Sun MD known as Cho. Hwang Ha Na’s acquaintance said that she was not only friends with Cho, but also others who have been jailed for drug offenses.
The Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Agency has been investigating Hwang Ha Na on suspicions of drug use since last October, and they already have secured testimony from Hwang Ha Na’s acquaintance who said they took drugs with her.
However, the investigation has been at a standstill. When the police requested a search and seize warrant both last December and in March in order to acquire items such as Hwang Ha Na’s hair for analysis, the prosecution dismissed the requests.
At the beginning of last month, Hwang Ha Na posted on social media to say that she’d cut her hair, and then removed the post soon after.
Hwang Ha Na has not complied with the police’s summoning requests, making it difficult for them to proceed with the investigation. MBC stated that they attempted several times to get in contact with Hwang Ha Na, but she did not respond.
In addition, MBC reported on the suspicions that Hwang Ha Na has been receiving favorable treatment during her investigation because of her chaebol connections. She is the only granddaughter of the late founder of Namyang Dairy Products (a large Korean conglomerate).
It was previously reported that in 2015, a college student named Cho was sentenced to two years and six months in prison (suspended for three years) for using Philopon. The ruling stated that it was Hwang Ha Na who sold Cho 0.5 grams of Philopon and they took drugs together. However, Hwang Ha Na’s case was sent to the prosecution by the police with the suggestion of nonindictment, and the prosecution also acquitted her.
Hwang Ha Na had received a stay of indictment on her case in 2011 when she was caught using marijuana. Therefore if she had been found to have committed a further crime, it’s expected that she would have received a strong punishment.
MBC reports that when the incident happened in 2015, Hwang Ha Na showed off about her connections with high ranking police officers.
MBC acquired a recording of a conversation that Hwang Ha Na had with an acquaintance at the time. In the recording, Hwang Ha Na said, “The chief prosecutor at the Central District Prosecutor’s Office? Hey, my uncle and my dad know everyone, including the police chief. Are you joking? They’re totally best friends.”
In a recording, she also boasted that she was on the way back from meeting with the most high ranking person at the Namdaemun Police Station.
Kim Shin Myung, the police chief at the time, stated to MBC, “I don’t know who Hwang Ha Na is, and I know no one at Namyang Dairy Products.”
The chief of the Namdaemun Police Station at the time also denied what Hwang Ha Na had said, saying that he does not meet with people in relation to charges.
MBC reports that the Seoul Intellectual Crime Investigation Team started an internal investigation on April 2 in regards to the investigation of Hwang Ha Na’s drug-related charges at the time.
Namyang Dairy Products also issued a statement on April 2 denying any current connection to Hwang Ha Na or her family members.
In addition to her background, Hwang Ha Na is known for being a popular online blogger and she became a hot topic when she began a public relationship with Park Yoochun in April of 2017. The two confirmed their breakup in May of 2018.