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T.O.P resumes military service after scandal

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K-pop boy band Big Bang member T.O.P has resumed his military service after being embroiled in a drug scandal last year.

T.O.P with his face completely covered (left) at the Yongsan District Office on Jan. 26. (Screenshot from TV Daily video on YouTube and T.O.P’s Instagram) /mb.com.ph

T.O.P with his face completely covered (left) at the Yongsan District Office on Jan. 26. (Screenshot from TV Daily video on YouTube and T.O.P’s Instagram)

T.O.P reported at 9 a.m. on his first day of duty last Jan. 26 at the Yongsan District Office in Seoul and met with the director of the Yongsan Disaster Safety Division, which manages military recruits that are designated as public service workers or social service agents.

He was eventually assigned at the Yongsan Craft Center, which will open on June 8 this year, according to reports. The center has a total floor area of 2,800 sq. m. and will have a craft exhibition hall, workshop rooms, ceramics experience hall and hanbok rental hall. It’s a project between the Yongsan government and a private group and the center will hire the elderly, middle-aged and young people
T.O.P completely hid his face from the media by wearing a face mask and a beanie. He enlisted on Feb. 9 last year as a conscripted policeman.

In June he was indicted by prosecutors for using marijuana four times at his home in October 2016. His military service was suspended because of the charges.

T.O.P was convicted by the Seoul Central District Court last July 20 for marijuana use and sentenced him to 10 months in prison suspended for two years and a fine of 12,000 won (P561).

He had already served 117 days of his military service last year and will finish the remaining 520 days which started last Jan. 26. His discharge is scheduled in June 2019.

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