The Jakarta Post
South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter and actor T.O.P poses on the red carpet during the 2015 amfAR gala at Shaw Studios in Hong Kong on March 14, 2015. (AFP/Anthony Wallace)
After being hospitalized because of a drug overdose, T.O.P, a member of a South Korean boy band called BIGBANG, started his trial on marijuana charges on June 29 at the Seoul Central District Court.
According to soompi.com, the South Korean rapper, whose real name is Choi Seung-Hyun, pleaded guilty to four charges of smoking marijuana in his home in Seoul last October. “I deserve punishment for hurting the (BIGBANG) members, agency, public, fans and family,” he wrote in an apology letter. “I’ll regret this for tens of thousands of years.”
Prosecutors are demanding he be sentenced to two years of probation and, if he does not agree to or violates the terms, 10 months in prison.
During the Seoul Metropolitan Police investigation T.O.P tested positive for marijuana use in March. His agency YG Entertainment confirmed the report and said that, “The rapper has undergone police investigation and regrets his wrongdoing.”
No matter what people say. I'm just so proud of TOP even today, his heart is gold and that doesn't change. We're here for you Seunghyun. pic.twitter.com/5hObXO2LJ6— Alienchoi ✨ (@alienchoi) June 29, 2017
T.O.P’s fans have shown their support on social media, including on Twitter.
“No matter what people say, I’m just so proud of T.O.P even today. His heart is gold and doesn’t change,” said one Twitter user.
“I’m really proud of him,” said another. (wir/asw)