BIGBANG member T.O.P (real name Choi Seung Hyun) attended his first court hearing at the Seoul Central District Court this morning (29th June, Thursday).
According to numerous reports, the rapper acknowledged all of the charges made against him. In case you’ve forgotten, he was accused of smoking marijuana 4 times (twice normally and twice in liquid form) with Han Seo Hee, a former trainee, last October.
As he is a first-time offender, T.O.P has been sentenced to 2 years of probation. Furthermore, the idol will receive a 10-month prison sentence if he violates the terms of his probation. As Criminal Justice Degree Hub puts it, probation lets a person (who has been found guilty of committing a crime) stay in their community, so long as they’re being supervised by a probation officer.
In a statement to the press prior to the hearing, the YG Entertainment artiste said, “Whatever the verdict may be, I will receive any punitive sentence consensually. Lastly, I would like to apologise to my mother.”
In other news, Han Seo Hee was sentenced to 4 years of probation, 3 years of jail time if she violates the terms of her trial period, and 120 hours of medical treatment. She was also fined about USD850.