K-Pop star T.O.P gets suspended sentence for marijuana use
One of the biggest K-pop artists in Korea is set to spend time behind bars for use of a substance deemed illegal here in the nation.
The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Choi Seung-hyun to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years.
The artist better known by his stage name TOP, admitted to four cases of smoking marijuana with a female singer in training at his property last October.
Choi a key member of the K-pop group Big Bang... is also suspended from his two-year mandatory military service as a conscripted police-officer... and awaits a disciplinary review to see whether he retains the position.
Under Korean law, marijuana use is punishable by up to five years in jail, or a fine of some 60-thousand U.S. dollars.