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(2nd LD) Police launch preliminary probe into Samsung heiress' alleged propofol use

All Headlines 17:24 March 21, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES with Lee's response in last 2 paras)

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- Police said Thursday that they launched a preliminary probe into a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul where Lee Boo-jin, a daughter of Samsung Group patriarch Lee Kun-hee, was allegedly given propofol on a regular basis.

Investigators from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency and the public health center in Gangnam visited the clinic in the district for an inspection regarding its drug use, officials said.

Police confirmed earlier that they began to gather facts before formally launching a preliminary probe about Lee.

The probe come after Newstapa, an independent news outlet, carried an interview with a nurse's aide at the clinic, who revealed that Lee, current CEO of Hotel Shilla, had regularly been administered the anesthesia-inducing drug from January to October of 2016.

Lee denied the allegations, saying that she had visited the plastic surgery for treatments, including for scars he sustained from burn injuries.

"I am sorry for causing worries for so many people," she said in a statement. "The media reports that I illegally took (propofol) are not true."

Hotel Shilla chief Lee Boo-jin is shown in this photo taken March 21, 2019, as she stood in front of the press before her company began its regular shareholder meeting in Seoul. (Yonhap)


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