B.I has made an apology in relation to his recent drug scandal and announced his withdrawal from iKON.
On June 12, B.I left a message on his Instagram, apologizing for his inappropriate actions and announcing that he will be leaving iKON.
This is Kim Hanbin.
First of all, I sincerely apologize for causing trouble with my inappropriate behavior.
It is true that I had previously wanted to rely on things that I should not have even had interest in because I was having such a difficult and rough time. But I was not even able to do it because I was afraid.
Nevertheless, I am extremely embarrassed and sorry towards all of our fans and our members, who are deeply disappointed and hurt by my wrong words and actions.
I will humbly reflect upon my wrongdoings and withdraw from the team.
I sincerely bow my head in apology once again to our fans and our members. I’m sorry.
Earlier in the day, Dispatch released an exclusive report revealing that B.I was suspected of drug crimes such as attempting to purchase LSD and marijuana back in August 2016.
Dispatch revealed chat logs between B.I and his acquaintance, Mr. A, involving B.I’s inquiries about LSD and more.
B.I: ㅋㅋㅋ I’ve always wanted to try it (LSD), is it strong?
Mr. A: LSD is the top grade drug in our country.
B.I: Ah not that ㅋㅋㅋ Is the drug strong?
Mr. A: It’s strong, it’s a drug.
B.I: Can I get as much as I want?
Mr. A: That’s right.
B.I: How about 3? I’m trying to save money. If I buy from you, will there be some kind of discount?
Mr. A: No but if you do LSD, marijuana will become a joke. Then you’ll be doing cocaine. Then I’ll really scold you.
B.I: ㅋㅋㅋ I won’t, I’m a genius.
Mr. A: Yeah, look at XXX (name) ㅋ don’t be like him
B.I: If there is one thing I’ve wanted to do in my life, it’s that. I want to try every day but it’s so fucking expensive.
B.I: But if I do LSD, will there really be like hallucinations or seeing graphics?
The police, however, did not summon B.I for investigation, whether it was as a suspect or as a witness.
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment denied B.I’s involvement with the 2016 drug case on June 10.
YG Entertainment is strictly managing drug usage for all artists. B.I is not connected to the 2016 drug case.
YG purchases a simple drug test kit every 2 months from the United States and tests our artists. iKON members all received a drug test prior to their promotions. Including B.I, none of the members showed any signs of drugs at that time.
— YG Entertainment