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Posted : 2013-03-25 17:47
Updated : 2013-03-25 17:47

Actresses deny abuse of propofol

From left, actresses Lee Seung-yeon, Park Si-yeon, and Jang Mi-inae appear at the Seoul Central District Court in southern Seoul to attend a hearing on charges of profopol abuse. / Yonhap

By Kang Hyun-kyung


Jang Mi-inae, 29, and two other actresses have denied charges of abusing the anesthetic drug propofol at their first court hearing, Monday.

During the trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seocho-dong, Seoul, an attorney representing Jang Mi-inae, 29, claimed that the actress received the shots of the substance only for medical purposes.

"The surgery to get rid of fat that Jang had undergone earlier caused a great deal of pain during and after the operation. Thus it was inevitable for Jang to get the shots to relieve her pain, according to her doctor's prescription," the attorney said.

Before entering the court, Jang told reporters that she was innocent.

Actresses Lee Seung-yeon, 45, Park Si-heon, 34, also denied the allegation.

An attorney for Lee admitted that she received propofol shots more than 100 times from February to September in 2011. But the attorney claimed that they were prescription drugs for medical purposes to kill pain while she underwent plastic surgery and afterwards for treatment.

Non-medical use of the powerful anesthetic is illegal here. It is said that many entertainers are addicted to the drug as it puts them to sleep instantly.

They are easily drawn to the drug because they spend a lot of time in clinics undergoing plastic surgery and other cosmetic treatments. The drug was a contributing factor in the death of Michael Jackson.

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