The two actresses under police investigation for drug abuse have today stepped forward to deny all allegations.
Jang Min Ai and Lee Seung Yeon have both spoken out, claiming they have only used the hypnotic agent propofol for medicinal purposes.
Missing You actress Jang, who has already been questioned by police, says: “It’s true that I visited the hospital to receive procedures on my skin, but they took place under anesthesia administered with the prescription of a doctor.”
On why the 31-year-old visited several clinics in the Gangnam area for the procedures, she explained: “It was to receive procedures for different means, as I visited such specialized institutions as skin clinics, plastic surgeons’ and body clinics. I never visited them [solely] for the propofol injections or ever received injections for means other than treatment.”
Adds a rep at her agency, C-JeS Entertainment, who notes that Jang didn’t know what propofol was until contacted by prosecutors recently: “Propofol is an intravenous anaesthetic, and is used in surgeries that require general anesthesia. Jang Mi In Ae visited the hospital many times to receive procedures on her skin and body from 2006 to August 2012, and before each procedure she was put under anesthesia based on the prescriptions of a doctor.”
3-Iron actress Lee’s agency JIstory state via statement: “Regardless of whether the accusations are true or not, we first want to apologize that a celebrity under our care has caused such trouble.
“Lee Seung Yeon suffered a fracture in her spine in 2003 during filming, and received injections of propofol under the supervision of a doctor while treating her injury.
They explain of the 44-year-old star’s injury: “The fracture lingered as a chronic disease, and she is still being treated by the doctor she first met at the time of her injury. The injury puts her under unspeakable pain whenever she has tight schedules. She never, however, received illegal doses of propofol for uses other than treatment.”
Regarding other treatments, they add: “Because of the nature of her TV work, she can’t help but receive skin care, including massages from a dermatologist. She did receive injections of propofol under the supervision of a doctor while receiving skin care. This is a medical procedure, however, not an illegal act.”
Lee will be summoned for a police investigation within the week, while more celebrity suspects are said to be named by authorities shortly.