South Korean Army Says Rain Is Cleared Of Any Wrongdoing In PR Agent Probe: Singer To Complete Military Service On Wednesday
Rain, PR Officer Scandal
South Koreas Ministry of National Defense has cleared K-pop singer Rain of any wrongdoing.South Korea's Ministry of National Defense has cleared K-pop singer Rain of any wrongdoing stemming from footage aired on the June 21 episode of the news program "Scene 21" that appeared to show army public relations officers wandering the streets out of uniform and consuming alcohol freely after performing at an army-sanctioned concert.
On Thursday, a representative from the military body reported that Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji Hoon, will officially complete his mandatory military enlistment next week.
"We've come to the conclusion that Sergeant Jung [Rain] was not in the wrong for his actions on the day of the incident," the representative said, according to the publication CJ EM enewsWorld.
"He will be relieved of his duties on July 10."
According to a representative for the singer, Rain is using the rest of his allotted leave time to complete his last 10 days serving in the South Korean army as a public relations officer for the Defense Media Agency.
"Rain recently turned in his last leave to show hes determined to work hard in his services until the end," a source close to the singer explained on Monday. "His last leave was to last for 10 days."
All eligible males between the ages of 18 and 35 currently must enroll for between 21 and 24 months of army service in South Korea (the length of mandatory enrollment changes by several months depending on which branch of the military that they serve in) in a practice known as conscription.
The "Scene 21" camera crew also captured footage of singers Se7en and Sangchu of the group Mighty Mouth, both public relations officers, entering an erotic massage parlor on the same evening.
The footage rocked the Ministry of National Defense, who ordered a full investigation of the public relations officer program, a longtime bastion for celebrity soldiers serving out their mandatory enlistment terms.
"The special investigation on the operation system of Defense Media Agency will continue into next week as there are still many things to confirm," the Ministry of National Defense representative said.
Last month a South Korean Army spokesperson promised that the famous servicemen wouldn't get special treatment.
"Celebrity recruits aren't different from regular soldiers," the Ministry of Defense spokesperson said.
"They'll be punished the same way. We can only know how severe the punishment will be after the detailed investigation concludes."
On Monday, a representative for Rain denied that his decision to spend his last days as an enlisted officer on leave was motivated by the high-profile investigation of the Defense Media Agency.
"He didnt choose this way because of the recent controversy surrounding PR agents," the rep said.