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Samsung's embattled chief under investigation for drug use

Lee Jae-yong, also battling a bribery case, is suspected of abusing anesthetic drug

Samsung heir apparent Lee Jae-yong is at the center of multiple legal battles.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is under investigation over allegations he illegally took injections of an anesthetic drug, a development that could affect his ongoing trial for corruption.

Prosecutors launched their investigation last month after receiving a tip alleging that Lee "habitually" received propofol injections at a plastic surgery clinic and his home over the last few years, the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism reported on Thursday.

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