Since news of singer Rain and actress Kim Tae Hee dating has been circulated, additional controversies that surfaced prompted South Korean military and Ministry of Defense to look closely into the matter.
The singer has been granted leave 25 times for official military duties for recordings and dance rehearsals as part of his performance for military events. In addition to that he was reportedly left his base 60 times in the past year.
Another controversy that surfaced was his presence in public in military uniform without a hat. In South Korea, any soldier who is on vacation and on uniform must be in his full uniform with hat without putting his hands into the pockets.
Besides that, criticism mounts on special treatment for celebrities while on military service.
Rain has taken many vacations, wore his uniform without a hat and used a separate cell phone to contact Kim Tae Hee during his military service.
South Korea’s Ministry of Defence earlier issued a vague statement when asked to comment on Rain’s relationship with Kim Tae Hee, “Currently the things that are being reported are not 100% accurate. We are currently investigating Rain’s military service.”
Within the same day, the Ministry changed its stance to a more active tone, “Due to the amount of criticism regarding Rain’s vacations and breaking rules we are conducting investigations into the matter. We will release the information found through the investigation as fast as possible.”
The Ministry expressed their intention to take disciplinary action against Rain should there be violations, “We will check precedent in order to determine what the punishment should be. It’s not like there is a set punishment for every kind of rule that has been broken. It is difficult to determine the level of punishment as of yet.”
Article by Biopolymath & Jenny
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