Rapper NO:EL Reaches Settlement With Drunk Driving Victim, Admits Trying To Arrange Fall Guy
Updated September 11 KST:
Politician Jang Je Won, the father of rapper NO:EL, posted on social media expressing outrage at police revealing details of the investigation into his son’s drunk driving incident.
He said, “Police leaking information about investigations has gone too far. Information that would never be accessible without police leaks is being spread through media coverage. I’m going to be reporting these leaks that go beyond all imagination to prosecutors.” The politician also wrote that he would be taking legal action regarding any false reports or malicious accusations.
Rapper NO:EL has reached a settlement with the driver of the motorcycle he hit while driving drunk.
The incident occurred on September 7 at around 2 a.m., during which NO:EL was found to have had a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent, enough to get one’s license revoked. Later that night, NO:EL issued an apology through his agency.
On September 11, DongA Ilbo reported that NO:EL and the motorcycle driver reached a settlement of 35 million won (approximately $29,400). While the settlement is more than the usual amount for similar cases, NO:EL’s lawyer said, “Due to continued media coverage, we quickly agreed on a settlement.”
NO:EL also confessed to trying to arrange for someone else to pose as the driver in the accident. The person who showed up claiming they were the one driving said during police questioning, “NO:EL called, and we’re close, so I went to help him.” The lawyer added that NO:EL’s parents — his father is politician Jang Je Won — “were never involved in this incident, and did not persuade the victim to reach a settlement.”