TV Personality Robert Holley Arrested on Drugs Charges

      April 09, 2019 12:31

      Robert Holley is taken to a remand prison in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday. /Yonhap

      TV personality Robert Holley, also known by his Korean name Ha Il, was arrested on Monday on charges of taking crystal meth.

      Police in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province said Holley was arrested on Monday afternoon on charges of buying the drugs online and taking them in his home in Seoul.

      Police obtained an arrest warrant after being tipped off, and Holley has admitted some of the charges.

      Holley (60) is a colorful character. California-born, he spent his childhood in Utah, where he became a Mormon, and first arrived in Korea as a missionary for the religion.

      In 1997 he took Korean citizenship after marrying a Korean woman. He became famous for speaking Korean not only fluently but with a regional accent.

      In 1999, he established his own international school in the southwestern city of Gwangju and he still heads the board.

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