SM Entertainment Denies Report That TVXQ’s Yunho Tried To Flee From Police After Violating Social Distancing Regulations
On March 9, it was reported that Yunho was being investigated by the police for staying at a restaurant in Gangnam until approximately 12 a.m. KST on an evening in late February. According to current social distancing regulations in Seoul, restaurant operation is only allowed until 10 p.m. KST, and customers are required to leave before then. Both SM Entertainment and Yunho issued apologies.
MBC’s “Newsdesk” then released a report on March 12 in which it was said that when the police had arrived on the scene, Yunho had attempted to flee and the people he was with had gotten into a physical fight with the police in order to aid him.
The report also described the venue as an illegal adult entertainment establishment that only members can enter. It said that Yunho had been drinking until midnight with three acquaintances and a female employee. It was reported that the police are considering plans to book the people who were with Yunho on suspicion of obstruction of the performance of official duties.
That day, Yunho’s agency SM Entertainment responded with the following statement:
This is SM Entertainment.
There was a report with false information today related to Yunho, and so we are sharing our statement.
It was clearly wrong for Yunho to have not abided by the social distancing regulations, and he is also personally deeply reflecting. However, he did not do anything wrong other than violating the social distancing regulations.
All Yunho did was go to the location that his friend told him to come to after his friend contacted him to say that he wanted to talk about a concern. It was his first time going to that place.
Also, the only people that Yunho spent time with there were his friends. It is not at all true that there was a female employee sitting with them. At the time of the police’s arrival, there were only managers there to handle the payment, and there was not a female employee.
In addition, it is not at all true that Yunho tried to flee when the police arrived. Instead, he earnestly cooperated with the police and the public officials in the performance of their official duties, and so after he immediately confirmed his identity on the scene, he was sent home. As there were suddenly more than 10 plain clothes police officers coming in, some of his friends were taken aback and protested, unaware that they were police officers. However, this was something completely unrelated to Yunho.
It is deeply regrettable that a false report was made without the facts being properly confirmed.
Criticism and punishment will be accepted for the wrongdoing, but we implore you to refrain from groundless speculation.