MANILA, Philippines - Korean pop star Rain has been meted out punishment of one-week probation by the Ministry of National Defense following media reports showing that he dated actress Kim Tae-hee.
|Rain and Kim Tae-hee (Photos by www.newsen.com)|
The singer, who is completing his mandatory military service, violated a military rule that prohibits enlisted citizens from having private meetings.
A Korean entertainment website posted pictures of the singer and the actress together.
However, his dating came under fire from Koreans, who said he was being given preferential treatment because he was a celebrity.
The light punishment a disciplinary committee imposed is that Rain will be confined to barracks for one week for self-reflection.
Reports said Rain dated Kim Tae-hee on Nov. 23, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, the dates in which he was outside the military base on official business.
"Kim [Tae-hee] apparently drove him back to his base in the ministry compound every time, and Rain reported back at around 10:30 p.m.," according to the Chosun Ilbo.
The issue of Rain's days spent outside the base also became an issue.
The Chosun Ilbo said Rain took 94 days of leave or a fifth of his 450 days of service and had 28 days of regular holidays.
Another report said Rain had 44 days of overnight leaves to fulfill his official duties and 27 days as his vacation and to perform in shows as part of his duties as an entertainment soldier.
After the photos of Rain and Kim Tae-hee were published, the actress' agency confirmed that the two were dating.
It was reported that the actress left South Korea a few days ago to celebrate her father's birthday.
Rain and Kim Tae-hee are two of Korea's most popular celebrities.
The date controversy surfaced as Rain is just months away from completing his military service. He will be discharged on July 10.Link to my original article on Manila Bulletin online: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/388880/rain-meted-out-light-punishment-for-dating-actress
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