This morning (Thursday, 29th June), it was revealed that BIGBANG member T.O.P (real name Choi Seung Hyun) has been sentenced to 2 years of probation for smoking marijuana.
Besides pleading guilty to all of the charges made against him, the YG Entertainment rapper also admitted that he was dating former trainee Han Seo Hee when he smoked marijuana with her. However, he broke up with her shortly after that and stopped smoking marijuana.
During the court hearing, T.O.P’s lawyer stated that the idol was under mental distress and drunk when he “spontaneously decided to smoke” with his former girlfriend.
“T.O.P is deeply sorry for what he did and regrets it a lot. He did drink heavily and took Han Seo Hee up on her suggestion (to smoke) but he ended his relationship with Han Seo Hee and stopped smoking marijuana,” he said.
The lawyer continued, “He has currently suffered unrecoverable amounts of damage as a celebrity from an impulsive crime he committed previous to the army. Please show him leniency and give him a light sentence such as a fine.”
Han Seo Hee was famed for her appearance on singing variety show “The Birth Of A Great Star” in 2012. According to All Kpop, she was so popular that a fan club was formed before she made her official debut. She was rumoured to be debuting with a girl group last year, but no news has been heard since.
Police initially arrested her in March for marijuana usage. She admitted to the crime and brought up T.O.P’s name. The authorities examined her belongings and were able to prove that the 2 knew each other. This caused police to conduct investigations on T.O.P, who tested positive on a follicle drug test.
It was reported that 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.