Actor Yoo Ah-in Wrapped Up in Drug Controversy

February 13, 2023 | 704 Visits


South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in’s currently being investigated for illegal propofol use.

On February 8, 2023, TV Chosun’s News9 revealed a top actor has been under investigation for alleged propofol usage. Before the report, Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency called in Yoo for questioning over alleged violation of the Narcotics Control Act.

Yoo’s agency, United Artists Agency, confirmed Yoo is being questioned and will cooperate.

This is UAA.

Recently, Yoo Ah In underwent police investigation pertaining to propofol.

He is actively cooperating in all investigations regarding this, and we plan to proactively address the aspects that are a problem.

We apologize for causing concern.

During the investigation, Yoo is not allowed to leave South Korea while the National Institute of Scientific Investigation performs a body hair analysis.

The Korea Times stated Yoo’s investigation stems from a request made by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. Since 2021, they and the Seoul Metropolitan Police think Yoo and 50 other individuals may have taken propofol in numerous hospitals since 2021. On February 9 and 10, the police raided several clinics and hospitals including plastic surgery hospitals in Gangnam looking for evidence and medical records.

On February 10, Yoo’s urine sample tested positive for marijuana, though it was negative for propofol.

“[We] have yet to be notified by the police of the drug test results,” an official at United Arts Agency, said. “As we have said in our statement, [Yoo] will actively cooperate with all related investigations.”

Hair analysis results have yet to come back.

Yoo, who starred in Hellhound (2021), Voice of Silence (2020), Burning (2018) and is in 2023’s The Match and Goodbye Earth, has been pulled from several endorsement deals as a result of the investigation. MUSINSA, I’m Vita, and Chinese fashion brand CROQUIS removed Yoo from their ads and social media. CROQUIS stated they have a “zero tolerance” policy for drug use when they announced Yoo’s removal from their advertising.

Meanwhile, The Match and Hi.5, which are slated for release in April and June, respectively, may be postponed. Goodbye Earth, which, along with The Match, is a Netflix series, is slated to be released later this year, and there is no word if that series will also be postponed.

A Netflix spokesperson said, “We have heard from media reports that the investigation is currently underway and are currently looking into the situation.”


Since this is an ongoing investigation, more updates are expected in the coming days.


—-Olivia Murray


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