Actor Ha Jung-woo to appear in court for alleged drug abuse
Actor Ha Jung-woo will face his first trial on Aug. 10 on charges that he abused propofol, a hypnotic sedative used for anesthesia, according to officials on Friday.
Ha’s first trial will take place at the Seoul Central District Court. He is required to attend the trial as the defendant.
In June, Ha was indicted for the petty offense of abusing propofol between January and September of 2019, and was fined 10 million won ($9,000).
A person accused of a petty offense does not have to appear in court; a judge hands down a verdict mainly by reviewing documents submitted by investigative authorities. However, the judge can order the case to be brought to trial if the offense is deemed too serious to be a considered a petty offense, which is what happened in Ha's case.
“I told [the authorities] everything during the investigation and will humbly accept the outcome,” Ha wrote in a statement.
“I had been undergoing dermatological treatments for my acne scars, and I underwent painful procedures like laser treatment under anesthesia [using propofol].”
Prosecutors claim that the number of anesthetic treatments Ha received was excessive and unnecessary, indicating his abuse of propofol.
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