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Former Monsta X Member Wonho Cleared of All Charges

The K-pop star left Monsta X last year after allegations of past drug usage.

K-pop star Wonho has been cleared of all charges by Seoul police in an investigation into allegations of past drug usage.

On Friday (March 13), Starship Entertainment announced that the former Monsta X member had been cleared of all charges by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency after an investigation was launched against him last year following a series of allegations made against him.

“During the investigation, Wonho actively cooperated with the police and all investigation procedures, including scientific examinations by the investigative agencies,” reads a statement from Starship. “The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation unit conducted extensive investigations for the past five months but was unable to find any charges. Finally, on March 10th, Wonho’s internal investigation was concluded.”

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Though the singer, who is known as both Lee and Shin Ho-seok legally but has used the stage name “Wonho” for his entire career, left Monsta X and halted his career as an artist last year, Starship’s statement hints to a renewed future path for the beloved star, whose departure from Monsta X amid the investigation resulted in widespread protests from fans. “We will continue to fully support Wonho for developing his own career in the future,” said Starship. At this time, there is no clarification regarding what his “own career in the future” entails.

Wonho most recently participated in Monsta X’s English-language All About Luv LP, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in February.

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Starship Entertainment Announces Wonho Has Been Cleared Of All Charges In Drug Case

Starship Entertainment has released a statement regarding the investigation into former MONSTA X member Wonho on charges of marijuana use in 2013.

In late 2019, reports were made that an individual was claiming to have witnessed Wonho and Jung Da Eun smoking marijuana in 2013. The individual who made the allegations is currently detained at the Seoul Detention Center due to charges of using drugs including marijuana, Philopon (a form of methamphetamine), ecstasy, and ketamine. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s narcotics investigation team launched an inquiry into the allegations, and Wonho is said to have been fully cooperative with the investigation.

On March 14, Starship Entertainment released an official statement announcing that the investigation had been concluded and Wonho had been cleared of all charges related to the case. Their statement reads as follows:

Hello, this is Starship Entertainment.

On March 10, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s narcotics investigation team concluded their investigation into allegations involving drugs such as marijuana and MONSTA X’s former member Wonho, and Wonho has been cleared of all charges related to the case.

In late October, 2019, allegations of marijuana use were made against Wonho, and the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s narcotics investigation team launched an investigation into the charges. During this process, Wonho was fully cooperative in all stages of the investigation, including the scientific examinations carried out by the investigative body. The team carried out a broad investigation over the past five months, but did not find any suspicious activity, and the case surrounding Wonho was closed on March 10.

Irrespective of the above information, our agency and Wonho wish to once again apologize for causing great concern to fans. Also, we wish to express our deep gratitude to the Korean and international fans who have watched over the investigation and shown their unchanging support.

During the investigation, we minimized the media coverage and external exposure of Wonho as much as possible, and we have waited a long time as we did our best, such as appointing legal representation, to ensure that there were no unjust charges. We will give Wonho our full support so that he can continue down the path he desires in the future.

On October 31, 2019, it was announced that Wonho would be leaving MONSTA X, following rumors involving his acquaintance Jung Da Eun that Starship Entertainment later denied. He wrote a letter to fans explaining his departure and on November 1, Starship Entertainment confirmed that they had terminated their contract with Wonho.

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K-POP FORMER MONSTA X MEMBER WONHO IS CLEARED OF DRUG CHARGES

In the hours following Korean pop star Wonho’s departure from Monsta X on October 31, 2019, fans around the world shared the trending #FightForWonho across social media in solidarity. They continued to do so in the days and weeks that followed. For fans, who call themselves Monbebe, it was a call to action, a global campaign to clear Wonho’s name after accusations of marijuana use in 2013 spread online. Today (March 13), it was announced that the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s internal investigation into the singer-songwriter has been closed and the charges have been dropped.

Since terminating the artist’s exclusive contract on November 1, 2019, Monsta X’s Korean management company Starship Entertainment has remained silent on the investigation, which was reportedly launched last September while he was an active member of Monsta X. But according to a new statement from Starship, provided to MTV News, the drug investigation team concluded the case earlier this week on March 10.

“During the investigation, Wonho actively cooperated with the police and all investigation procedures, including scientific examinations by the investigative agencies,” the statement reads. “The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation unit conducted extensive investigations for the past five months but was unable to find any charges. Finally, on March 10th, Wonho’s internal investigation was concluded.”

Members of Monsta X in September 2019: Kihyun, Minhyuk, Hyungwon, Wonho, I.M., Joohoney, and Shownu | Getty Images

The company goes on to thank the “fans for their unwavering support while the investigation was conducted,” stating that they intentionally aimed to “minimize media exposure to Wonho” while matters were ongoing.

In addition to savvy social media campaigns to trend Wonho’s name worldwide, Monbebe peacefully protested outside of Starship’s Seoul headquarters for weeks; they also raised $20,000 for a Times Square billboard of the seven original members that read “we shine brighter as a family.” And during promotions for the group’s first English album, All About Luv, last month, fans chanted Wonho’s name outside of events, bringing banners and signs adorned with his likeness to every public gathering.

It’s clear that Monbebe are still fully committed to Wonho — but what about the company’s relationship with the former idol now that the investigation has ended? “We will continue to fully support Wonho for developing his own career in the future,” Starship says.

Below is the official statement from Starship Entertainment:

“The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation team cleared Wonho, a former member of the idol group Monsta X, of all charges against him on March 10th after closing an investigation into the drug, including marijuana.

In late October last year, allegations of marijuana smoking were raised against Wonho which consequently led the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation team to investigate all drug charges on him. During the investigation, Wonho actively cooperated with the police and all investigation procedures, including scientific examinations by the investigative agencies. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation unit conducted extensive investigations for the past five months but was unable to find any charges. Finally, on March 10th, Wonho’s internal investigation was concluded.

Regardless of any above, we would like to apologize once again for the fact that Starship Entertainment and Wonho have caused great concern to our fans. We also thank all our fans for their unwavering support while the investigation was conducted.

During the long investigation, we tried our best to minimize media exposure to Wonho and to appoint an attorney to ensure that there are no charges against him. We will continue to fully support Wonho for developing his own career in the future.

Thank you.”

Wonho, real name Lee Hoseok, has been keeping a low profile since leaving Starship. In a letter addressed to fans released the day of his exit from the group, the 27-year-old thanked Monbebe for “making precious memories for me” and his former members for working hard alongside side him since Monsta X’s debut in 2015.

He also addressed the accusations against him, writing, “There was a time when I was immature and have made big and small mistakes, but after becoming a trainee and making my debut, I stayed on track and worked hard to avoid being ashamed of myself.”

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MONSTA X answers fan questions in a fun interview with ‘People TV’

MONSTA X is up and coming, especially in the Western media world and they have snagged a fun interview with ‘People TV’ in which they answered fans’ questions and talked about their work and future plans.

The group also showed off their trademark charm and goofiness as they answered fan questions and explains what keeps them motivated.

‘Check out the video above! Are you excited about MONSTA X promoting more in America?

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#WONHOISALMOSTHOME: WONHO, EX MEMBRO DEI MONSTA X, PROSCIOLTO DALLE ACCUSE

Wonho, ex membro del gruppo musicale sudcoreano Monsta X, è innocente. La sentenza delle autorità di Seul arriva dopo mesi di indagini. Il ragazzo ha collaborato attivamente con la polizia e tutto si è risolto.

Stando anche a quanto riportato da Forbes e come si può intuire dagli innumerevoli messaggi pubblicati dai fan su TwitterWonho è stato prosciolto dalle accuse legate al presunto uso di droghe e ad altri reati. Questi problemi rischiavano di minare la sua carriera di star del K-Pop. Tuttavia, dopo mesi di indagini, le autorità di Seul hanno dichiarato che il ragazzo è innocente.

Stando a Starship, “Wonho ha collaborato attivamente con la polizia a tutte le procedure di indagine, compresi gli esami scientifici da parte delle agenzie investigative“. Insomma, il cantante sudcoreano può tornare a fare musica, per la gioia dei suoi fan. Questi ultimi hanno anche lanciato l’hashtag #WonhoIsAlmostHome (“Wonho è quasi a casa“), per esprimere la loro gioia per il ragazzo.

Nel momento in cui scriviamo, l’hashtag è secondo nelle tendenze italiane di Twitter, giusto per farvi capire quanto Wonho sia seguito anche nel nostro Paese. Nel frattempo, nonostante il cantante non faccia più parte del gruppo Monsta X, l’etichetta discografica che gestisce i progetti del ragazzo ha già fatto sapere che sono in arrivo delle nuove proposte per lui.

FONTE:FORBES
QUANTO È INTERESSANTE?

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#WonhoIsAlmostHome: Wonho, ex membro dei Monsta X, prosciolto dalle accuse

ᴇʟᴇɴᴀ エレナ@yourstarsx

Ho aspettato mesi di svegliarmi con queste notizie, mai mi ha abbadonato l’idea che sarebbe successo. Non so come esprimere la mia felicità per lui, qualunque cosa succeda so che ora sta meglio.

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“#WonhoIsOurReasonToFight” Twitter Trend Summary

ɱɑʀco⁷ | WONHO WE LOVE U ♡@luvheonie

The way Monbebe don’t know what to trend but are trending literally anything anyways- @OfficialMonstaX

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Kat Walcott@katwalcott

We always knew he was innocent. Now I need the two sickos who ruined his career investigated and for @STARSHIPent to bring him back. @OfficialMonstaX https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9555714/wonho-monsta-x-drug-charges-cleared 

Monsta X’s Wonho Has Been Cleared Of All Drug Charges Against Him

Here’s what it means for the K-pop idol’s future with Monsta X.

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cvs⁷ #JACKPOT / #westandwiththerose / WONHO@xxkoesuki

WAIT WONHO IS BACK PEOPLE I NEED OFFICAL UPDATES PLEASE

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⁷.。.:* WONHO IS FREE@mikroshownu

This fight has been very long and emotionally draining but I will never regret it. Wonho has seen our love and our support during the time he needed it the most, and I’m just so so grateful that he’s okay.

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im so happy that the bunny is almost home, monbebes around the world worked hard to see him be happy and it’s coming true

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✩ cherry ✩@j00honey100

wonho coming back party!!! drinks on me!!!

girls: FREE ✨
gays: FREE ✨
men: MONSTA X OT7 ONLY

we pouring shots and shaking ass tonight !!!

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mariah is missing honey @mjmonbebe

I am so thankful for monbebe. We have done nothing but fight and show support and we are so close to having him back guys.. keep hanging in just as hard as we have been https://twitter.com/onehoed/status/1238634918718115840 

follow:found Wonho 하트 #445 @onehoed

This day finally came I want to thank all the monbebe that kept supporting wonho fighting for him and fighting for all the members…thank you for being strong it was a hard road but we didn’t give up I’m proud of you…now @STARSHIPent reinstate WONHO !! #WONHOISFREE

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JXJH* JESS@jesstomerotte

Cheers to my bunny…

Cheers for your freedom

Cheers for all monbebes

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Cheers@OfficialMonstaX

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my big tiddie soft goth boyfriend is free!!

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(D135)200314 เฝ้ารอวันนี้มาเนิ่นนานในที่สุดความจริงก็ปรากฏ..น้องฉันบริสุทธิ์ น้องฉันบริสุทธิ์ได้ยินไหมทุกคนว่า น้องฉันบริสุทธิ์ วอนโฮพี่ดีใจกับน้องด้วยนะ..ทีนี้ก็กลับมานะมาหามอนเบเบ้นะพี่รออยู่ @OfficialMonstaX

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WONHO HAS BEEN CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES, WELCOME BACK BABY

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¹²⁷ WONHO IS FREE@sansneckfreckle

I’m so damn happy Holly shit. I haven’t cried that hard since the news was released in October. I’m so happy for him oh my goodness. We’re finally going to see our bunny again!

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WONHO CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES, WILL HE RETURN TO MONSTA X?

Monsta X‘s label Starship Entertainment has released an update regarding the group’s former member Wonho.

According to their statement, Wonho has been cleared of all allegations and charges made against him after actively cooperating with the authorities. “The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation unit conducted extensive investigations for the past five months but was unable to find any charges. Finally, on March 10th, Wonho’s internal investigation was concluded.”

Wonho withdrew from Monsta X last October after debt and drug allegations surfaced. So will this development mean his return to the K-pop group? “We will give Wonho our full support so that he can continue down the path he desires in the future,” the label said.

Monbebes are now trending #WonhoIsAlmostHome over the good news.

Thank you for everyone that have been showing Wonho and Monsta X love during this whole time. Thank you for being so strong. Please keep supporting him this is just step 1. I’m hugging you right now 😂

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The K-Pop groups will perform at travel app Klook’s second anniversary on September 7 at the World Trade Center. It’s said to be an intimate event for a limited number of fans and app users. Good luck Monbebes and Ki-Lings!

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Monsta X Fans Rejoice After Wonho Is Cleared of All Charges

After over four months of waiting, Monsta X fans finally received the news they were hoping for. Starship Entertainment released a statement announcing that the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency dropped the drug-related charges against Wonho. The singer-songwriter left Monsta X in October 2019 after being accused of marijuana use. On March 13, 2020, Monsta X fans trended hashtags like #WONHOISFREE and #WonhoIsAlmostHome to celebrate the news.

Wonho was cleared of all charges

Starship Entertainment released a statement detailing that the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s internal investigation of the drug charges against Wonho concluded on March 10 and the charges were subsequently dropped.

The statement reads:

“The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation team cleared Wonho, a former member of the idol group Monsta X, of all charges against him on March 10th after closing an investigation into the drug, including marijuana.

In late October last year, allegations of marijuana smoking were raised against Wonho which consequently led the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation team to investigate all drug charges on him. During the investigation, Wonho actively cooperated with the police and all investigation procedures, including scientific examinations by the investigative agencies. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug investigation unit conducted extensive investigations for the past five months but was unable to find any charges. Finally, on March 10th, Wonho’s internal investigation was concluded.

Regardless of any above, we would like to apologize once again for the fact that Starship Entertainment and Wonho have caused great concern to our fans. We also thank all our fans for their unwavering support while the investigation was conducted.

During the long investigation, we tried our best to minimize media exposure to Wonho and to appoint an attorney to ensure that there are no charges against him. We will continue to fully support Wonho for developing his own career in the future.

Thank you.”

Monbebes showed the power of fandom

On Oct. 31, 2019, Wonho released a handwritten letter to fans explaining his departure from the group. Starship Entertainment proceeded to terminate his contract and removed Wonho from official promotions.

From the moment Wonho left Monsta X, Monbebes never stopped fighting for him. Fans insisted the singer-songwriter was innocent, and challenged Starship Entertainment to support Wonho throughout the investigation.

Over the past few months, fans have trended hashtags nearly every day showing their support for Wonho. They vowed to never give up on him and to always think of Monsta X as a septet. Monbebes started petitions and raised over $20,000 to rent a billboard spot in New York City’s Times Square.

All of this was done as part of an unprecedented global movement to clear Wonho’s name. It shows the power of fandom in the age of social media, and how dedicated Monsta X fans were during the challenging time. Despite everything, fans never gave up, and that perseverance is something that should be admired.

Monsta X fans celebrated the news

While trending hashtags is nothing new for Monbebes, this time it was to celebrate. Immediately after the news was released, Monbebes trended several hashtags to recognize the success of their hard work and rejoice in the fact Wonho’s name was cleared.

“THIS FIGHT WASNT FOR NOTHING!! The post it notes , the wonho apocalypse, the hashtags , streaming parties , billboards , the bus , the trucks everything NOW EVERYONE KNOWS HIS NAME !! MONBEBE ARE STRONG !!! WONHO WILL BE BACK WONHO WORLD DOMINATION !! @MonstaxBelieve,” wrote a fan on Twitter.

“4 months He carried a burden for four months, lived four months without doing what he loves the most and four months with no idea of what the future may entail. Wonho fought, and the universe helped him. He’s free #wonhoisfree,” tweeted a fan.

“We worked so hard monbebes, thank you all so much The crying the reporting the fighting. It was worth it. We did it, WONHO DID IT! #WONHOISFREE,” one fan tweeted.

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Former MONSTA X member Won Ho cleared of charges of smoking marijuana

South Korean pop star Lee Ho-Seok professionally known as Wonho has been released with all charges of smoking marijuana in 2013.

Wonho, was a Korean MONSTA X band member who was accused for smoking marijuana in 2013 that is illegal in the country. An individual whose name was not revealed claimed to see Wonho smoking marijuana. Seoul Police in October 2019 started investigation based on the claim where Wonho had to quit the band due to the same reason.

Won Ho cleared of charges

Starship Entertainment in a statement said that Seoul Metropolitan Police ended their drug investigation on March 10. It cleared him of all the charges of drugs including marijuana. “Wonho was very compliant and actively cooperated with all investigation procedures including scientific testing done by the investigating agency,” it said.

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There was a detailed investigation that went on for five months but no evidence was found to charge him. Wonho thanked his fans for showing dedicated support throughout the investigation.

His fans are celebrating the news while #WonhoIsAlmostHome is trending on Twitter. One Twitter user wrote, “people who turned their back on wonho must be sad. we have him back after people bashing him to the ground without knowing the WHOLE truth. must be sad for them, making a # #atleastwehaveH i felt ashamed of them trying to have a fanwar, now he is innocent.”

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I can’t wait for Wonho’s goodnight tweets! Our boy is back!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤@OfficialMonstaX

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We stayed because family leaves NOBODY behind
Love is coming back so @STARSHIPent reinstate WONHO!
Monbebe fandom requests this NOW! @OfficialMonstaX https://twitter.com/wonniebee/status/1238649921676300288 

Dee Jooheon’s bubble tea@wonniebee

We promised.

That’s why we’re still here for you, Wonho.

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Another day has passed
Our connection has become even stronger
And all the past we will keep in mind
Do you remember what we promised
Never stop!
We are still walking
Despite all the difficulties

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°°Jesshoneyy@joohieemxmbb

I never stopped to listen Monsta X song since then but now listening to MX soind so differently and beautiful
This is so beautiful!
Thats a win monbebes

LOVE YOU @STARSHIPent @OfficialMonstaX

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I never stopped to listen Monsta X song since then but now listening to MX soind so differently and beautiful
This is so beautiful!
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BTS: After just two weeks, Map of the Soul: 7 is now eligible for gold status in the US

Even though Map of the Soul: 7 has slipped from the #1 spot to #3 at the Billboard 200 chart, BTS has a major reason to rejoice as their album is now eligible for gold status in the US. Read below for more details.

To say that BTS is rewriting history in the music scene would be an understatement! The popular K-pop band, which has now become a worldwide phenomenon, is tasting some well-deserved global success thanks to their latest album, Map of the Soul: 7, which dropped in February 2020. In its first week, MOTS: 7 earned the #1 spot in the Billboard 200 chart while simultaneously being #1 in the UK, Germany and Japan charts as well. Moreover, the lead single of 7, ON managed to secure the #4 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

MOTS: 7 is BTS’ fourth album to hit #1 in the Billboard 200 chart, with 422,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. The units include 347,000 in album sales, 48,000 in SEA (streaming equivalent albums) units and 26,000 in TEA (track equivalent albums) units. With two weeks under, MOTS: 7 has now slipped from the #1 spot to #3, after surpassing more than half a million equivalent units, under such a short period of time. According to Forbes, BTS is now eligible for the gold status in the US, in just two weeks, though it is yet to earn that honour.

These are indeed impressive numbers for the septet and will surely leave a smile on the faces of ARMY!

What did you think of BTS’ album, Map of the Soul: 7? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Meanwhile, after an impressive eight wins for MOTS: 7’s lead single ON at South Korean music shows, BTS is taking a slight break amidst gearing up for their Map of the Soul Tour, which begins in Santa Clara, USA from April 25, 2020.