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G-Dragon to cooperate with police

South Korea (ANN/THE KOREAN HERALD) – K-pop sensation G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, is slated to engage in a police inquiry regarding allegations of illegal drug use next week.

The artist’s legal counsel on Tuesday said G-Dragon will voluntarily participate in the inquiry at the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency, scheduled for next Monday.

Kwon Ji-yong is presently the subject of a non-detention police investigation over suspected violations of the Drugs Control Act.

Photo released by YG Entertainment shows K-pop artist G-Dragon. PHOTO: YG ENTERTAINMENT VIA ANN/THEKOREANHERALD.

On Friday, the musician and rapper refuted the allegations and pledged full cooperation with the ongoing investigation, reaffirming this stance in a subsequent statement released on Monday. The second statement disclosed that G-Dragon had informed the authorities of his legal representation and his willingness to appear voluntarily.

“Kwon has provided all pertinent evidence for the investigation and has committed to sincerely participating in the hair and urine test to uncover the truth and establish his innocence,” stated the release from the artist’s legal representative.

According to reports on Tuesday, the police have confirmed that the K-pop artist will be summoned for questioning in the afternoon of November 6. Similar to actor Lee Sun-kyun, G-Dragon will also undergo a rapid drug test on the day of the inquiry, conducted by the Incheon Nonhyeon Police.

Kwon’s lawyer cautioned against the circulation of unsubstantiated rumors about the artist and urged the media to report responsibly. The statement also warned of potential legal consequences for fabricating reports and engaging in defamation.

The 35-year-old artist rose to fame as the leader of the now-disbanded K-pop group Big Bang. Although he was formerly associated with YG Entertainment, he is currently not affiliated with any entertainment agency. In 2011, Kwon faced allegations of marijuana use at a Japanese club, but that indictment was suspended.