The Korea Herald


Half-naked celebrity cleared of drug charges

By Chung Joo-won

Published : Oct. 1, 2014 - 12:21

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Model and actor Julien Kang was not high on drugs when he was caught walking around half-naked in public, the National Forensic Service confirmed on Wednesday.

The local police said the Korean-French actor’s drug test results were negative, citing the state forensic agency. 

Model and actor Julien Kang. (OSEN) Model and actor Julien Kang. (OSEN)

Kang was suspected of illegal drug abuse after being arrested on a busy street in Gangnam, southern Seoul, on Sept. 25 while wearing only his briefs. He was taken to the local police for an investigation after a frightened bypasser reported that a naked man was walking around in public.

The police said they had not smelled alcohol on Kang’s breath at the moment of his arrest, and thus suspected him of drug abuse. As the police did not detect signs of drug abuse, they transferred the case to the NFS for additional analysis. The NFS’ test results also pointed to the actor’s innocence.

“As the recent drug test by the NFS also turned out negative, (Kang) was cleared of all charges,” Kang’s agency Show Brothers Entertainment told reporters. The star label also contested the previous reports from the media and police, claiming the star “did not wander around in undergarments and he was accompanied by his manager the whole time.”

The video footage of Kang being arrested on the street went viral online, leaving critics curious about the true reason for his “naked stroll down the Gangnam streets.”