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Home shopping host, actor face drug charges


Famed home shopping host Ryu Jae-young, 41, has been indicted on charges of drug use.

The Seoul Southern District Prosecutor’s Office announced on Wednesday that Ryu was indicted on Nov. 3 under accusations of injecting methamphetamine with 27-year-old actor Choi Chang-yub.

Ryu’s charges surfaced during investigations for Choi, who was arrested under the same charges in September. The two are said to have taken the drugs together at a location in Gangnam District, southern Seoul. Ryu was arrested on Oct. 13 following Choi’s statements.

Ryu has worked for the CJ O Shopping channel since 2005 and has made over 400 billion won ($341 million) in sales orders. Meanwhile, CJ O Shopping channel officials said that Ryu has recently terminated his contract with the company after several absences without notice.

Choi made his debut as an actor through the KBS TV series “Dear My Sister” in 2011, and gained popularity with his appearances on the SBS drama “Faith” (2012), the KBS drama “School 2013” (2013) as well as KBS drama “Sincerity Moves Heaven” (2013), among others.

By Shon Ji-hye
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