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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 2nd, 2013 at 7:24 am

Will Korean Pop Star Rain Be Sent To A Military Prison?

That is what he is looking at for an unauthorized meeting with his girlfriend:

South Korean pop star Rain is facing questions after paparazzi photos showed him out on the town with a top actress.

Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting actress Kim Tae-hee while on duty.

Rain is fulfilling his compulsory army service as an entertainer for the military. He is not allowed to have private meetings while outside his Seoul base for official duties such as recording and performing.

The ministry says a brief lockup in a military jail cannot be ruled out as a penalty.  [Associated Press]

He should be punished in line with what non-famous ROK military personnel would receive for such an infraction.  Hopefully he doesn’t get sent to jail to be made an example of since he is famous.  I guess we will see what happens.

By the way Kim Tae-hee has been debated before as being Korea’s most beautiful woman.  If there is a woman worth Rain going to jail for she may be it.

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  • Bob
    8:47 am on January 2nd, 2013 1

    There is hotter chicks then her…

  • keyinjpop
    11:09 am on January 2nd, 2013 2

    #2, like Lee Hyori? ;-)

  • Fanwarrior
    6:43 pm on January 2nd, 2013 3

    I’ve never found anything particularly compelling about here. For most of the famous girls really. If you spend any amount of time in Seoul out and about there are plenty of young girls that rival most of the middle of the road to higher end celebrity beauties. I don’t find that Korean stardom really creates the same kind of allure and fantasy that hollywood does. Not because they aren’t attractive, but because the regulars are just so much better.

  • Bob
    8:17 pm on January 2nd, 2013 4

    Yup, there are many very hot regular girls. I like Hyuna though, she’s hot.

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:21 pm on January 2nd, 2013 5

    4. The big difference is the regular girls didn’t prostitute themselves in order to get into the entertainment industry. :roll:

  • SmokingFreedomGuy
    9:04 pm on January 2nd, 2013 6

    “Hopefully he doesn’t get sent to jail to be made an example of since he is famous.”

    On the contrary I hope they do. If this guy is guilty of the crime he needs to do the time and it should be slathered all over the news.

    He already got a pass on actual military duty due to his star status, he should get twice the whammy when caught breaking the rules.

    We had a Katusa here have to do time recently because he was caught with a cellphone. Why does Rain get a pass? F Rain.

  • Leon LaPorte
    2:19 am on January 3rd, 2013 7

    We may be looking at it the wrong way. Part of me suspects this happens somewhat often among the ROK rank and file. Rain, however, has the press following him around, unlike your average conscript.

    So it may still turn out that there were “special circumstances.”

    Still,he should have known better and considered his high visibility. More importantly he should have followed orders. But I can’t begrudge him or single him out for more severe punishment if this is found to be an infraction yet one that is usually deemed not so serious when faceless nobodies are involved.

    /He’s done more than Tom ever did, after all. :grin:

  • Glans
    6:23 am on January 3rd, 2013 8

    Rain? Is that guy’s name really Rain? A little like Sonagi, I reckon.

  • Kingkitty
    12:48 pm on January 3rd, 2013 9

    All my KATUSAs had phones, computers, iPods and all sorts of alcohol but they all had a plan to hide the stuff from their SGM. KATUSAs covered for each other so much we used to set them up just to listen to what lie they would come up with for entertainment purposes. Wow if your KATUSA went to jail for having a cell phone then is shows the other KATUSAs did not like him and set him up.

    As far as Rain being caught with his girlfriend well that’s his fault too and he should of been more smart about it. I sure he is difficult to deal with because of his fame and certainly someone helped his supervisor notice his meetings. I mean what Korean in the world name is Rain?

  • Teadrinker
    3:04 pm on January 3rd, 2013 10


    Or maybe he did it because he’s getting preferential treatment and saw nothing wrong of it.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:53 pm on January 3rd, 2013 11

    10. That’s a possibility, certainly. How could he not get preferential treatment? The only parallel I can think of with the US Army might be Elvis. Although he did not want preferential treatment, he got it anyway. It is a conundrum which will present itself when you have a conscripted military.

    He only has 6 months left. At least he joined voluntarily and didn’t put up a legal battle (to the best of my knowledge) like our friend PSY.

  • Glans
    3:55 pm on January 3rd, 2013 12

    Leon, what preferential treatment did Elvis get?

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:20 pm on January 3rd, 2013 13

    I am not slamming Elvis but let’s face the facts. He couldn’t be a “regular soldier” no matter how much he wanted to.

    Elvis was originally scheduled to be inducted on January 20, 1958. However, due to commitments at Paramount and the filming schedule of his latest film, King Creole, Elvis had to personally write to the Memphis Draft Board to request a deferment. He explained to them that Paramount had already spent up to $350,000 on pre-production of the film, and that many jobs were dependent on him being able to complete filming, which was due to begin on January 13. They granted him an extension until the middle of March.

    Elvis was given a physical and assigned Army Serial Number: 53310761, before being sworn in and made leader of his group. Parker, with the permission of the army, had arranged for news crews from around the world to be on hand to report Elvis’s entry into the army.

    After a short break to record new material for RCA in June, Elvis returned to Fort Hood to finish his tank training. He was now living off base, in his own house, with his mother, father, Grandma, and friend Lamar Fike.

    Shortly after arriving in Germany, Elvis was allowed to live off base. He and his family moved into Hilberts Park Hotel in Bad Nauheim, but within three weeks they had moved to the more elegant Hotel Grunewald.

    Fellow soldiers have attested to Elvis’s wish to be seen as an able, ordinary soldier, despite his fame, and to his generosity while in the service. He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit.

    He said, “I was in a funny position. Actually, that’s the only way it could be. People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn’t take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise, not only to the people who were wondering, but to myself”.

  • Glans
    4:51 pm on January 3rd, 2013 14

    Thanks, Leon. Elvis was allowed to postpone his induction for business reasons. He lived off base, at his own expense. That doesn’t get a very high reading on my shock-o-meter.

    As far as I can tell, Sergeant Presley fulfilled his duties as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:59 pm on January 3rd, 2013 15

    14. Still we cannot say he received no preferential treatment. Personally, I think it is more trouble than it is worth to induct these types of individuals into military service. Life isn’t fair.

  • Glans
    5:07 pm on January 3rd, 2013 16

    15, a veteran I used to work with said he lived off base in Germany. Was that not allowed when you were in?

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:13 pm on January 3rd, 2013 17

    16. Jeesh. Quit being obtuse, it’s too early in the morning and too cold for that right now. :lol: :razz:

  • Glans
    5:37 pm on January 3rd, 2013 18

    17, so living off base wasn’t a privilege. Elvis’s only privilege was delaying his induction for business reasons. I don’t know of other examples of that, but they wouldn’t surprise me.

    And who’s obtuse? The guy that makes reckless accusations, or the guy that questions them?

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:10 pm on January 3rd, 2013 19

    Let’s see if we have any posters who were stationed in Germany in the 50′s.

    As far as “reckless accusations,” far from it. I think Elvis attempted to do an admirable thing however, if you think for one second he had no special privileges (other than the few examples I could find with a cursory search) you are deluding yourself. If nothing else, it is human nature.

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:34 pm on January 7th, 2013 20

    SEOUL, South Korea The South Korean military will punish pop star Rain for meeting with a top actress while on duty during his mandatory military service, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

    Paparazzi photos showing Rain meeting with Kim Tae-hee have raised suspicions that highly sought-after entertainers may be receiving special favors during their military service. The ministry denies Rain has received special treatment.

    Rain, an “entertainment soldier,” however, broke rules by meeting with Kim at least three times late last year despite being on duty, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said in a briefing. Rain is not allowed to have such private meetings while outside his base for official duties like recording and performing.

    Spokesman Kim said a ministry committee will meet next week to decide the punishment. He said it was unlikely to be detention in a military jail, one of the more serious penalties for South Korean soldiers that can delay their discharge.

    Military service is a sensitive issue. All able-bodied South Korean men must serve about two to three years, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. Any allegations of special treatment can spark an immediate public outcry.

    “Gangnam Style” sensation PSY joined the army in 2008 to spend two years fulfilling his service after authorities found he had abused a law allowing him to serve in a private company instead of a military outfit.

    Rain, a 30-year-old actor and singer whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, joined the military in October 2011 and is scheduled to be discharged in July. He is an army corporal.

    Rain’s agency has not denied or confirmed that he has dated Kim, but the actress’s agency has acknowledged a month-old romance. Kim, 32, is hugely popular in South Korea and commands a large number of fans in Japan.

    Rain has made seven albums and acted in several South Korean films. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011. He made his Hollywood film debut in “Speed Racer” in 2008.

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