Earlier this year, Kyunghee University was swept up in controversy after it was reported that several celebrities, including Jung Yong Hwa, had been given preferential treatment while applying to its graduate school programs. The case was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office in March, and on October 8, a Kyunghee University professor was found guilty of obstruction of business.
On October 9, FNC Entertainment made an official statement clarifying that Jung Yong Hwa had already been cleared of all charges earlier this summer.
The agency wrote, “Hello, this is FNC Entertainment. We are relaying news about our artist Jung Yong Hwa’s admission to his graduate school’s doctoral program.
“At the beginning of this year, Jung Yong Hwa diligently cooperated with prosecutorial investigations. The result [of those investigations] was that the prosecutor ultimately determined that Jung Yong Hwa was not guilty of obstruction of business in regards to his school admissions, and in July, the prosecutor decided not to indict him.
“Through the judgment of the law, Jung Yong Hwa, who was found not guilty, was able to cast off the various misunderstandings and suspicions that had surrounded his doctoral program admissions process, and it has been acknowledged [by the law] that he did not have any intention of receiving preferential admission.”
Jung Yong Hwa previously released a personal statement in March about the case.
On March 5, the CNBLUE member enlisted in the military, where he volunteered to serve in the special forces. He is currently serving in the 702nd Special Assault Regiment and is scheduled to be discharged on December 4, 2019.
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