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Top celebrities under probe for propofol abuse: report

An actor, whose name has not revealed, is accused of drug abuse, according to Channel A news, Saturday. Gettyimagesbank
An actor, whose name has not revealed, is accused of drug abuse, according to Channel A news, Saturday. Gettyimagesbank

By Lee Gyu-lee

Prosecutors are investigating a group of celebrities and business leaders on suspicion of illegal drug use, a cable network reported on Saturday. Among them are Chae Seung-seok, former CEO of Aekyung Development, an unidentified A-list actor and an entertainment agency CEO, according to Channel A.

It reported they had received shots of
propofol, an intravenous short-acting anesthetic, over the past few years at a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul. The actor and the CEO's allegedly used the name of the actor's brother to get prescriptions.

Propofol is a controlled substance that has been classified as illegal when used for any other purposes than surgical treatment.

The broadcaster said the investigation was widening and that police had evidence that more celebrities, including a famous fashion designer and CEOs, were involved.

The probe was first reported on SBS news last Thursday. SBS said the investigation began last year after the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety tipped off the prosecution.


An actor, whose name has not revealed, is accused of drug abuse, according to Channel A news, Saturday. Gettyimagesbank
An actor, whose name has not revealed, is accused of drug abuse, according to Channel A news, Saturday. Gettyimagesbank

By Lee Gyu-lee

Prosecutors are investigating a group of celebrities and business leaders on suspicion of illegal drug use, a cable network reported on Saturday. Among them are Chae Seung-seok, former CEO of Aekyung Development, an unidentified A-list actor and an entertainment agency CEO, according to Channel A.

It reported they had received shots of
propofol, an intravenous short-acting anesthetic, over the past few years at a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul. The actor and the CEO's allegedly used the name of the actor's brother to get prescriptions.

Propofol is a controlled substance that has been classified as illegal when used for any other purposes than surgical treatment.

The broadcaster said the investigation was widening and that police had evidence that more celebrities, including a famous fashion designer and CEOs, were involved.

The probe was first reported on SBS news last Thursday. SBS said the investigation began last year after the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety tipped off the prosecution.


Lee Gyu-lee gyulee@koreatimes.co.kr


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