Park Si-yeon. Photo via Nate
Four Korean female celebrities, including popular actress Park Si-yeon, are being investigated by prosecutors in Seoul for illegally taking the same powerful painkiller that contributed to the death of Michael Jackson, according to news reports.
Yonhap News stated that Park and three others are suspected of using propofol, a psychotropic sedative commonly used during surgery.
Park, 34, allegedly received unnecessary treatments at several plastic surgery and dermatology hospitals in Gangnam. The actress issued a statement saying she did take the drug but only for legitimate medical purposes.
Three others — Jang Mi-inae, Lee Seung-yeun, and Hyun Young — have also been brought in by the prosecution for questioning in connection with the alleged abuse, they added.
Last month, police arrested nearly 100 doctors on charges of illegally using or administering the drug, in a two-month nationwide hospital crackdown. The crackdown was prompted after a local obstetrician was arrested in August last year on charges of injecting his girlfriend with propofol, causing her death. The doctor then abandoned her body.
Hyun Young also issued a statement today denying the claims, according to allkpop.