Former High School Rapper contestant and musician NO:EL – real name Chang Yong-jun – has been arrested for assaulting a police officer.
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According to The Korea Herald, the South Korean musician was involved in a car crash in Southern Seoul on Saturday (September 18). He had allegedly refused to take a sobriety test when police arrested on the scene and reportedly “headbutted” one of the officers.
In addition, the rapper was also allegedly driving without a valid license, after his own was revoked in 2019 following a DUI case at the time. In 2020, he had been sentenced to a two-year probation, with the possibility of a one-and-a-half-year jail sentence should he break his probation, per Hankyung.
The day after the incident, NO:EL took to his Instagram Stories to address the situation. “I have no words to say. I will unreservedly take all the punishment that I deserve,” he wrote, as archived by MK Star News and translated by Soompi.
“I will work harder to become a more mature member of society,” the rapper added. “Starting with my fans, I am sorry to all the people who have been hurt because of me.”
Aside from his appearance on the Mnet reality series High School Rapper, NO:EL is also the son of prominent South Korean politician Chang Je-won, who has been the Member of the National Assembly for Sasang District for two terms.
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