K-pop group SHINHWA member Andy. [SBS]

Andy, member of Korea’s longest running idol group SHINHWA, has been involved in Korean male stars’ illegal gambling charge.

An official with the K-pop star’s agency TOP Media told TenAsia on Tuesday that Andy was examined by the prosecution with a charge of illegal gambling last month and the firm is waiting for the investigation result.

TV host Boom, whose real name is Lee Min-ho, also admitted through a press release Tuesday to have gone through the same investigation and announced that he is going to step down from all the shows he is appearing in.

Monday afternoon, Korean media outlet reported that Boom and Andy were examined by the prosecution last month with a charge of illegal gambling by betting big through illegal online gambling website.

A day before, popular TV celebrities Lee Soo-geun, Tak Jae-hoon and Tony An, who is former member of ‘90s top K-pop group H.O.T, were reported to have gone through the examination by the prosecution with the same charge.

As it has been clear that the two more stars have been involved in the illegal gambling case, the production crew of the TV shows they’re currently in are facing difficulties.

An official with JTBC’s “Shinhwa Broadcasting” told that, “we just acknowledged the fact through the Monday afternoon report. His position would be clear after the investigation result comes out.”

It has also been clouded whether Boom would continue to take on his current radio show, SBS’s “Boom’s Young Street,” and join the cast of SBS’s upcoming variety show “Fashion King Korea” (both translated titles).


Korean TV personality Boom. [SBS]

Reporter. Cory Lee

Courtesy of SBS