Two days ago (March 19), South Korean media outlet MBC Newsdesk reported that T.O.P, a member of the K-pop group BIGBANG, had been receiving special treatment whilst serving in the military.
Following the reports, the district office where T.O.P is currently serving at stepped out to clarify the issue.
According to the reports, T.O.P is said to have taken three times more sick leave days compared to his peers. In September last year, there was a period where he had taken consecutive days off, in addition to his scheduled off days. As a result, he was able to enjoy nine days off in a row.
T.O.P was also quoted by the media outlet in their report, explaining that he has a panic disorder.
The district office where the singer is currently serving clarified that the singer had done everything by the book. “He has submitted all the required documents as proof (of his reasons for taking sick leave days),” they shared in a statement. They also denied that he was given special treatment, sharing that all recruits are granted a total of 30 days of sick leave throughout their service.
“The media outlet reported on this issue without fully comprehending the regulations,” the office concluded.
Previously, BIGBANG’s leader G-Dragon was also suspected of receiving special treatment in the military, after it was reported that he had taken an excessive number of sick leave days. However, after investigation, the military shared that there was nothing abnormal, nor were there any problems with the amount of sick leave days he had taken.
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