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***It has to be – since they’ve been together for a very long time.L-)


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Source Says Park Han Byul and Se7en are Still Together


Though they′ve been quiet about it, it turns out Park Han Byul is still staying strong by Se7en′s side, even after the fiasco involving him and massage parlors.

Many have speculated that the two may have broken up following the recent PR agent incidents, but a source close to Park Han Byul said, "I know for a fact that Park Han Byul actually comforted Se7en, telling him she trusts him."

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The source added, "Park Han Byul knew of the incident before it went live through SBS′ In Depth 21, but she wasn′t shaken at all; she told her friends that she trusts Se7en. She also sent Kakao Talk messages to her friends in support of him."

Park Han Byul, however, hasn′t been answering any questions on her boyfriend. She turned down such questions at the press conference for her upcoming Chinese film Bunshinsaba 2 held on July 14.

Park Han Byul and Se7en went to the same high school, and started dating in 2002. The Ministry of National Defense will take measures on the PR agent incident within the month after investigations come to a wrap.


credit : enewsworld

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*** Clap Clap - that's right Hanbyul, you stand by your man! Her faith in him is amazing.  I am so glad everything is fine on their end. That's what I call TRUE LOVE! They've been together for so long, I doubt they’d break up over some stupid rumor – The more that I respect Park Han Byul. I’m sure they've hit a lot of bumps along the way before..... I love Se7en and adore their relationship so I will be a fan and cheer for them till the end. Aish....those people act as if they know everything.:(


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Park Han Byul proclaims her confidence in boyfriend Se7en after massage parlor scandal?


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After Se7en caused a ruckus a few weeks ago after being seen discreetly entering a massage parlor while serving in the army, many fans began questioning whether or not he was still together with his longtime girlfriend, Park Han Byul.


SEE ALSO: [bREAKING] Shocking footage of Se7en and other top celebrity soldiers visiting 'Happy Ending' massage parlors


If reports are to be believed, it seems that her relationship with her boyfriend hasn't suffered. According to a source familiar with the couple, Park Han Byul is maintaining her faith in Se7en. "In fact, Park Han Byul supported Se7en, saying that she trusted him," the source said. He added, "She knew about the incident even before the broadcast aired, but she didn't waver and told her friends that she believed in him."



Source: Star Today via Nate / allkpop


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*** I was really surprised that Se7en was involved here. I will still be a Se7en fan forever though. I just wonder why the ministry is taking so long to give their verdict. ;)


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Ministry of Defense complete their investigation on celebrity recruits + to announce their decision this week


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The Ministry of Defense have completed their investigation on celebrity recruits and will announce the results on the 18th at the earliest and during the weekend at the latest. 


A Ministry of Defense representative talked with media outlet Kuki News over a phone call and revealed, "The investigation was completed this past weekend... The individuals who are subject to punishment have been decided on and we also plan to announce the level of disciplinary measures that will be issued." When asked for more information on the number of individuals who will receive punishment, the rep stated, "You will have to wait for the official briefing."


The rep added, "It's not only the disciplinary measures that are important, but also the follow-up measures, so it's taking some time to prepare."


With criticisms pouring in from citizens, the Ministry of Defense previously revealed that they will also be looking into seeing if the latest issues reflect the atmosphere of celebrity recruits as a whole or just a few individuals, and revealed that they are possibly open to getting rid of the celebrity recruit department. So it remains to be seen whether any drastic measures will be announced this week as well.


Stay tuned for the Ministry of Defense's conclusion on this pressing issue.


SEE ALSO: Ministry of Defense announces the investigation will take longer than expected



Source + image: Kuki News / allkpop


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Park Han-byul sticks by man



Actress Park Han-byul, while promoting her new horror movie “Bunshinsaba 2,” declined to take any questions about her boyfriend Se7en (real name Choi Dong-wook), who is still dealing with the aftermath of a damaging scandal last month.

Although currently serving his mandatory military service, Se7en was spotted drinking alcoholic beverages and going to a disreputable massage parlor late at night, which has led to an investigation by the Ministry of National Defense.

Park was at a press conference in Beijing for the new horror film, but refused to answer any questions that were not related to the movie.

Park and Choi went to the same high school in Gyeonggi province and started dating in 2002 when they were still students.

According to Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, the singer and the actress are still together, contradicting rumors that they broke up in the wake of the scandal.

By Lee Sun-min


credit : JoongAngDaily

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July 18, 2013


Military scraps 'entertainment soldier' system


The defense ministry said Thursday it will abolish a controversial unit composed of conscripted celebrity soldiers as criticism grew over special treatment and their commitment to military service under a lax system.

The so-called "entertainment soldiers" serve in the Defense Media Agency (DMA), a unit that has provided programming for TV and radio broadcasts to promote a positive image of the military since 1997.

All able-bodied South Korean men serve about two years in the armed forces as the country is technically still at war with North Korea.

The special service system has been bombarded with public criticism after several celebrity soldiers were caught on video in late June while drinking and entering massage parlors after performing in a provincial concert hosted by the ministry.

The ministry conducted a special audit following the incident and on Thursday announced disciplinary actions for the soldiers as well as their seniors.

"We feel a grave responsibility for the lax management of the Defense Media Agency and decided to scrap it in light of the audit results," the ministry said in a release.

Eight soldiers will face disciplinary actions for violating the code of conduct, while three of them who used cell phones -- which are banned for soldiers -- will receive a heavy punishment, the ministry said. 

Five officials at the agency were disciplined, and six others received warnings, it noted.

A total of 15 soldiers under the DMA will be relocated to other Army units.

For military TV and radio programs and events, the ministry will recruit civilian professionals or select talented soldiers if necessary in the future, it said.

The military's alleged special treatment of celebrities has frequently been the subject of criticism as several celebrities serving military duty were seen as enjoying more freedom than ordinary soldiers.

Earlier this year, K-pop star Rain was in trouble when he was caught on camera while on a date with a top actress during his service and faced disciplinary action.

The military service is a highly sensitive issue in South Korea where political candidates lose elections because they or their sons have not served in the military. Some celebrities and athletes have been arrested and forced into near exile after getting caught evading the draft. (Yonhap News)


credit : Korea Herald


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South Korean Army dissolves Celebrity Recruit Program


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Constant scandals involving celebrity recruits and their special promotional division within the South Korean military has caused the Ministry of Defense to get rid of the division.

The Ministry of Defense held a press conference on July 17 to announce the policy change. The military had been investigating the promotional department for the past two weeks and the role it played.

"The promotional department was established to promote the military and raise the morale of the troops, but due to unpleasant issues that have occurred, the military's image has been tarnished," a military spokesperson stated.

The celebrity recruit program, which was meant to boost soldiers' morale, has hurt it instead, the spokesperson said.

Celebrity soldiers and the treatment they've received by the military has been a hot topic for South Koreans for years. Scrutiny has increased in recent years due to a string of high-profile scandals, such as Rain's abuse of power and, most recently, SE7EN and Sangchu's visit to an adult massage parlor.

"The public's faith is important, but due to various problems with the [promotional department], we have only lost it instead of promoting the military," the spokesperson said.

There are currently 15 celebrity soldiers in the military. Eight of them will be receiving punishment for their behavior and actions. The names of those being punished were not released.

Three of celebrity soldiers who have three months left in the military will reassigned to an active duty unit and will be treated like an ordinary soldier. The others will be reassigned on August 1st.

The celebrity recruit program was established in 1997. Celebrity soldiers regularly received special treatment and generally had an easier time compared to regular soldiers.

"We are sorry for causing citizens distress because of celebrity soldiers' activities. We realize we must take responsibility for not adequately managing them," the spokesperson said.

as written by: Aysohmay@JPA



source : gokpop

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class="content-title" Ministry of National Defense to Discipline and Relocate PR Unit Celebrity Soldiers crystalcove July 18, 2013


Ministry of National Defense to Discipline and Relocate PR Unit Celebrity Soldiers

In the aftermath of the controversy over the military leniency toward celebrity soldiers serving in the army, the South Korean Ministry of National Defense has decided to abolish the celebrity soldier recruit system for the National Defense Public Relations Support Unit. In addition, the soldiers currently serving in the unit will be relocated to different field and service units.

The public relations unit came under fire when SBS’s investigative program “Scene 21” reported on celebrity soldiers breaking military rules, in particular, catching singers Se7en and Mighty Mouth‘s Sangchu visiting adult massage parlors. Formal investigation was orderd by the minister of National Defense and today, the results were announced.

From this controversy, eight soldiers will be disciplined, with seven out of those eight receiving severe disciplinary action, Se7en and Sangchu included. All 15 soldiers in the unit will be relocated to different units on the first of August. The PR unit will then be filled with regular soldiers and personnel from outside the military. 

The current soldiers in the PR unit are singers Se7en, Mighty Mouth’s Sangchu, Super Junior‘s Lee Teuk, SG Wannabe‘s Lee Suk Hoon, M Signal‘s Gunwoo, Mate‘s Jung Jun Il, The CrossKim Kyung Hyun, KCM, and Lee Hyuk Ki, musical actor Kim Ho Young, and actors Ryu Sang Wook, Kim Mu Yeol, Lee Joon Hyuk, Choi Jae Hwan, and comedian Kim Min Soo.


credit : soompi news


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July 19, 2013


Controversy-plagued celebrity unit to be disbanded


Celebrities will no longer be able to serve their military service in a special entertainment unit that has been at the center of a series of scandals. The latest controversy hit the 16-year old program when a TV show caught two of its famous soldiers on a drunken late-night visit to an illicit massage parlor in Chuncheon, Gangwon.

The Ministry of Defense announced yesterday that the Defense Media Agency’s public relations support unit, which is composed of 15 so-called “entertainment soldiers,” will be completely dissolved by Aug. 1 and its members dispatched to other units.

“The [entertainment] soldiers clearly lowered the morale of other normal soldiers who are sincerely serving the country,” spokesman Wi Yong-seob said in a press conference held yesterday at the ministry headquarters in Yongsan, central Seoul. “It is important for the unit to have the nation’s trust, as it was established to publicize the military’s different activities, but they lost that trust with some serious misbehavior.”

In June, SBS’s “Scene 21” spotted singer Seven (Choi Dong-wook) and Sangchu (Lee Sang-chul) at the illegal adult massage parlor in Chuncheon. The visit followed a drinking session with fellow soldiers after they had performed at an event marking the 63rd anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War. The program accused the celebrity soldiers of having seriously violated a range of military laws, revealing that they had been living like normal citizens, using mobile phones anytime they liked and frequently drinking alcohol after work hours.

Celebrity soldiers’ responsibilities include participating in TV and radio programs produced by the military and maintaining troop morale by doing shows at bases around the country. Many top celebrities have served and are serving with the unit. Pop star Rain (Jung Ji-hoon), who finished his 21-month military service earlier this month, caused controversy when it was discovered that he had been dating actress Kim Tae-hee while in the unit.

The strong public criticism about the apparent unfair advantages celebrity soldiers were receiving led to a military investigation of the unit.

The Defense Ministry said that Choi and Lee had left their accommodations in Chuncheon without authorization from a supervising officer and that three other star soldiers were found to be carrying mobile phones without authorization.

The offending soldiers and officers responsible will be punished, it said.



BY KWON SANG-SOO [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]


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July 19, 2013


class="art_title"Entertainment Corps to Be Shut Down


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The Army's entertainment corps, established 17 years ago specially for singers and actors drafted into mandatory service, will be abolished after a string of misbehaviors by the coddled stars in its ranks.

A Defense Ministry official said Thursday that the decision to close down the corps came because top brass feel their misconduct "saps troop morale."

The Defense Ministry audited the corps after some of its glittering celebrity soldiers drank alcohol after a performance in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on June 21. They included Lee Sang-cheol, known as Sangchu, and Choi Dong-wook, the pop star more commonly known as Se7en, who left their motel at 2:30 a.m. and were seen visiting an adult massage parlor.

A disciplinary committee has decided to penalize the two singers and five other corps members who either left their motel room late at night or were spotted using their mobile phones in their base without permission. The penalty entails a five-day cap on holidays, demotion and possible time in stockade.

One of the corps members, who had permission to go out from his senior officer, was given only a warning.

Singer Rain, who wrapped up his military service earlier this month, also participated in the performance in Chuncheon but committed no further violations, the Defense Ministry said. Rain was grounded for just a week in January of this year for a string of violations including regular trysts with his girlfriend, actress Kim Tae-hee, while on official duty

At present, 15 celebrities are serving exclusive entertainment duties. They will be posted to regular units on Aug. 1 or handle desk duties at the Defense Ministry if they have less than three months left to serve.

Five high-ranking officers at the Defense Media Agency, which oversees the entertainment corps, will face disciplinary measures, and four others will get warnings for poorly managing the celebrity soldiers. The Defense Ministry will hire civilian agencies to perform for troops from now on or pluck performers from among regular soldiers.


credit : Chosun Ilbo

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id="print_tit"Ministry Of Defense Abolishes Celebrity Recruit Unit


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Following the incident where a couple of celebrities serving the military under the Promotional Department were found abusing the privileges or duties of their status, the Ministry of Defense conducted an investigation into celebrity recruits in Korea's military.The investigation has come to an end and the Ministry of Defense held a press conference on July 18th announcing that it has decided to abolish the Promotional Department, aka celebrity recruit department.The ministry stated that the Promotional Department is to bring positive attention and awareness to the military, not to mention raise the morale of soldiers. However, due to the recent events, the public's view on the military has darkened with solider morale dropping. After 16 years, the said department will be no more.Furthermore, out of the current 5 celebrity recruits serving in the Promotional Support Brigade, 8 will be punished for their problematic actions. The entire department will be reassigned to other units starting August 1st. However, there are three celebrity soldiers who have less than three months until their discharge. Those three will be reassigned as an active duty soldier, the same status as the majority of non-celebrity soldiers.


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***Aish..................why didn't Yonhap & the writer do their research very well about this incident, huh? RAIN wasn't the one with Se7en when they were caught by the reporter on the way to the massage parlor.....it was Sangchu.  I'm so disappointed & sad about all these articles that were coming out these past few days & up to now still mentioning RAIN's name. I wish they would stop now. ;)


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Seven celebrity soldiers sent to military prison for scandalous


Seven celebrity soldiers who were caught on camera drinking and entering a massage parlor were sentenced to several days in a military prison for violating the military code of conduct, the defense ministry said Thursday.

The soldiers faced unprecedented tough disciplinary actions after a local TV network last month secretly taped them. They included K-pop star Rain and Seven, drinking together in a private restaurant following a performance for a military event. Two of them were caught by a camera crew in front of a massage parlor late at night after failing to get service.

The incident caused a fierce nationwide backlash in a country where the mandatory two-year military service for all males is taken very seriously, prompting the defense ministry to abolish the controversial celebrity recruiting system last week.

The soldiers were serving for the Defense Media Agency (MDA), a unit that has provided programming for TV and radio broadcasts to promote a positive image of the military since 1997.

Following a special audit, the ministry's disciplinary committee on Thursday announced disciplinary actions for eight soldiers who damaged the public image of the military and lowered the morale of other regular soldiers.

Seven soldiers received a prison term ranging from 4-10 days, while one was grounded to his unit for 10 days. After the ruling, they were immediately sent to a military prison at the defense ministry compound, which is guarded by military police.

"These disciplinary actions applied fair and thorough sentencing rules," the committee said in a statement.

As the celebrity soldier unit was abolished, a total of 15 soldiers under the DMA will be relocated to other Army units.

The military's alleged special treatment of celebrities has frequently been the subject of criticism as several celebrities serving military duty were seen enjoying more freedom than ordinary soldiers.

Earlier this year, K-pop star Rain got in trouble when paparazzi photos showed him secretly dating top actress Kim Tae-hee. He was grounded to his unit for a week for violating the code of conduct.

The military service is a highly sensitive issue in South Korea where political candidates lose elections because they or their sons have not served in the military. Some celebrities and athletes have been arrested and forced into near exile after getting caught evading the draft. (Yonhap News)


credit : Korea Herald

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***  K-military needs to chill the richard simmons out. How it's "disappointing" to see Se7en be in jail.  Poor him....Why Medias only naming Se7en & Sangchu here – I am curious about who are the others. For me, it’s quite a tough punishment for them this time, to be inside the jail for (10) days. They didn't kill anyone. I'm against conscription so it's unfair for them to be sentenced to the military jail. So, I don’t think it's a right punishment. Ahhh.............silly, Se7en, I’m sure he regretted it. My eyes are teary for him. Well, rules are there for a reason. 

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Se7en, Sangchu, and 5 other celebrity recruits to serve time in military jail


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Se7en, Sangchu, and 5 other celebrity recruits have been sentenced to serve time in military jail.


SEE ALSO: Ministry of Defense announces decision to abolish celebrity recruit unit + to issue out punishment to 8 celebrity soldiers


The Ministry of Defense had announced that they'd be punishing the celebrities for their misbehavior when they announced the abolition of the celebrity recruits, and the Ministry has finally revealed their decision. 


Private Choi (Se7en) and Private Lee (Sangchu), who left the dorms without permission to get a massage, have been sentenced to 10 days in military jail. Five celebrity recruits are being sentenced to 4 days of military jail for having a cellphone. The last soldier is being sentenced to 10 days of probation in confinement because he left to watch a movie after hours.


The Ministry of Defense said, "The two soldiers first went to get a massage after their concert. They went to a Chinese massage parlor and then a Thai massage parlor, but they were closed, so they then went to 2 massage parlors that were still open late at night. However, they came out right away when they realized what kind of place it was. We decided that they were aiming to get a massage and had no intentions in participating in prostitution. However, we sentenced them to military jail because they broke the rules of not wearing the military uniform as well as leaving the dorms without permission."



Source: Yonhap News / allkpop



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July 26, 2013


class="art_title"Celebrity Soldiers to Be Put in Brig


Seven celebrity soldiers will be put in brig for going AWOL to visit an adult massage parlor and bringing private mobile phones into barracks.

The Defense Ministry on Thursday announced the findings of a special investigation of the entertainment corps that had been started early this month.


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Lee Sang-cheol, known as Sangchu, and Choi Dong-wook, the pop star more commonly known as Se7en, will be locked up in brig for 10 days for leaving their motel to visit an adult massage parlor after a performance in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on June 21.

Five others will be put in brig for four days for illegally bringing their mobile phones into barracks. And a corporal will be confined to his barracks for 10 days for going AWOL to watch a movie after the same performance in Chuncheon.

The soldiers will be taken into custody after a court procedure and their period of military service extended in proportion to the number of days in custody. But their penalties will not be recorded as criminal offenses on their military service documents.

The measure is widely seen as a sap to growing public discontent with the coddled existence of the entertainment corps.

Earlier, Jung Ji-hoon, better known by his stage name Rain, was released from the military on July 10. He had been confined to barracks for seven days for going on dates with his girlfriend, actress Kim Tae-hee (33), while on official duty.

The ministry on July 18 abruptly announced it is shutting down the entertainment corps, which was established for singers and actors drafted into mandatory service. Of the current 15 celebrity soldiers, three who have fewer than three months to serve will be allowed to finish their service with ordinary soldiers in the ministry compound. The others will be reassigned to frontline units in Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces. 



englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 26, 2013 09:29 KST

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id="print_tit"Celebriy Military Recruits Receive Punishment



Celebriy Military Recruits Receive Punishment


In the wake of celebrities Se7en and Sangchu -- in addition to a few other celebrity military recruits -- being caught abusing the privilege of promoting outside of the barracks, the Ministry of Defense has announced the punishments these entertainers will receive.

According to the ministry, not only will the celebrity recruit department be abolished, Se7en and Sangchu have been sentenced with 10 days in military jail. Five additional celebrity recruits will also be sentenced to military prison, albeit only four days for inappropriate usage of their cell phones. One other solider will be assigned 10 days of probation in confinement for having left his station to watch movies after hours.

The Ministry of Defense elaborated on their investigations, saying that the verdict was that Se7en and Sangchu were simply looking to receive just a massage. After coming across a Chinese massage parlor and Thai massage parlor that were both closed, they had entered the massage parlor reputed for offering forms of prostitution services, where the media had caught them on camera. However, they did leave as soon as they realized what type of massage establishment it was, with no intention of partaking in prostitution. Regardless, the two will be punished for not wearing their military uniform as well as leaving their dorms without permission.


credit : KBS World

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7 celebrity soldiers jailed


The Ministry of National Defense has ordered singer Se7en, whose real name is Choi Dong-wook, Sangchu, whose real name is Lee Sang-chul, and five other celebrity soldiers who were serving their military duty in a special entertainment unit to confinement in a military jail.

Se7en and Sangchu have been given 10 days as they were caught visiting a massage parlor late at night in June, as reported by SBS TV channel’s program “Scene 21.”

The other five, who had been carrying unapproved cell phones at the military unit, received four days in prison.

Many netizens have criticized the punishment imposed on the soldiers for being too light. They say that the ministry are just trying to prove that they are taking some action regarding the issue.

However, others argue that the punishment carries some significance as it is the first time the ministry has acknowledged the problems surrounding entertainment soldiers.

After the controversial media report, the ministry announced last week that it will dissolve the Defense Media Agency’s public relations support unit, which is composed of 15 celebrity soldiers, by Thursday.

By Lee Sun-min


credit : JoongAngDaily

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Se7en, Mighty Mouth′s Sangchoo and Other Former PR Agents to be Denied Preferential Treatment


Se7en and Sangchoo will be treated like every other soldier once they′re released from the guardhouse, or army jail.

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A rep from the spokesperson′s office of the Ministry of National Defense told enews, "The soldier to be put under disciplinary detention will be transferred to a new unit on August 1, and the other seven soldiers with more severe punishments will be moved after they′re released from the guardhouse. It hasn′t been decided yet on what posts they′ll be assigned to or what units they′ll be sent to, but what′s certain is that there will be no preferential treatment. They will all serve as ordinary soldiers with the others."

On what posts the former PR agents will mostly be assigned to, the rep said, "Actually, the PR agents weren′t given specialty numbers (numbers given to soldiers based on their specialties). That will be decided on once the time comes to move them to their new units after their release."

"That decision lies not on the Ministry of National Defense, but on the army headquarters. What is certain is that they will all be trained and treated like other ordinary soldiers," the rep finished.

Se7en and Sangchoo came under fire for drinking and visiting massage parlors in casual wear during their service. They were both admitted to the guardhouse on July 25, and will be released on August 3.

The PR unit was closed down after 16 years of being active in the army.



Photo credit: enews DB / enewsworld

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class="articletitle"Biggest K-Pop News Of July - Which Stars Made The Headlines?

Now that August is finally here, let's look back at some of the biggest K-Pop headlines of July.


July was an incredibly busy month for K-Pop. Many of out favorite groups made impressive comebacks and a few new faces joined the scene.

It was also a month of some pretty major news stories. In case you missed out on the major headlines of the month, here is a recap of all you need to know.

The biggest, and maybe most disappointing scandal of the month involved celebrity soldiers enlisted in their mandatory military service.



Singer Se7en and rapper Sangchu were caught visiting an after-hours massage parlor while on active duty causing a huge uproar among fans and netizens.

Both were sentenced to ten days in military prison for their behavior and several other celebrities serving in the military were also punished with time in jail for other minor offenses such as having a cell phone.

The scandals forced the Department of Defense to reconsider the celebrity service unit, ultimately deciding to disband it altogether.


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source : kpopstarz



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*** This is going to suck for a lot of these guys. I think it will be fine, as long as you follow the rules, and time will pass by quickly and you will be out before you know it.Se7en, do your best! Waiting for you & come back safely! Missing him! I hope he’s fine while in prison – because being there you’ll do a lot of physical training.FIGHTING!L-)


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Leeteuk, Se7en, Sangchu, and other celebrity recruits being re-stationed as riflemen


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The process of the 12 celebrity recruits being re-stationed into different field units has begun.


Nine of the soldiers - Leeteuk, Kim Moo Yeol, Lee Hyuk Gi, Kim Min Soo, Kim Ho Young, Lee Seok Hoon, Ryu Sang Wook, Lee Ji Hoon, and Choi Jae Hwan, have already been moved. Kim Moo Yeol and Leeteuk were transferred to the 12th unit, Lee Hyuk Gi to the 21st unit, Kim Min Soo to the 27th unit, Kim Ho Young to the 2nd unit, Lee Seok Hoon to the 7th unit, Ryu Sang Wook to the 6th unit, Lee Ji Hoon to the 5th unit, and Choi Jae Hwan in the flag signal unit. 


SEE ALSO: Where will Leeteuk be stationed after the celebrity recruits are abolished?


The three soldiers who are currently serving their sentence in military prison - Se7en, Sangchu, and Lee Joon Hyuk, will be transferred to their new stations on the 9th. Se7en will be transferred to the 8th unit, Sangchu to the 15th unit, and Lee Joon Hyuk to the 3rd unit. All of them will be riflemen.



Source: Seoul Economy via Naver / allkpop

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class="entry-title"Se7en, Sangchu to be Relocated to Military Front Line


Korean singer Sangchu of Mighty Mouth [sangchu's twitter]

Korean singer Sangchu of Mighty Mouth [sangchu's Twitter]

Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]

Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]

 

The celebrity soldiers that have been slapped with military jail time, including Se7en and Sangchu of Mighty Mouth, have been reassigned to units on the front line.

On Monday, the Ministry of National Defense announced which field unit divisions 12 soldiers have been reassigned to, following the abolishment of the disgraced military’s PR unit called the Defense Media Agency (DMA).

Nine of them were relocated to their divisions on Saturday and three of them, including singer Se7en, Might Mouth’s Sangchu and actor Lee Jun-hyuk, will be relocated on Friday after they finish serving their sentences in military jail.

In late June, a local TV network taped several soldiers of the DMA drinking while eating out after taking part in a military concert commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the Korean War. Two of them were even caught leaving illegal massage parlors.

After a special audit by the Defense Ministry’s disciplinary committee, the two that visited massage parlors were sentenced to 10 days in military prison, five received 4-day sentences for carrying their mobile phones, and one soldier was grounded at his unit for ten days for leaving his post at improper hours.



Reporter. Kang Jung Yeon atoz@tenasia.co.kr
Editor. Jessica Kim

Courtesy of YG Entertainment, Sangchu’s Twitter account

source : 10Asia

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***What’s the point of this article? It's a non-issue since receiving the money wasn't a problem. This is just ridiculous reporting. Just when I thought I had heard the last of this military saga up pops another article. It seems like every day a new article about him and this parlor thing pops up. Well, you know how people like destroying other people's lives just to feel good about themselves. Actually, what they’re receiving per month for me isn’t pay but their “allowance”.;)


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Where did Se7en and Sangchu get the money to pay for their massage parlor?


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How did Se7en and Sangchu pay 340,000 KRW (approximately $305 USD) for their massage parlor visit? As soldiers, they're supposed to only have access to their monthly soldier pay, which is 105,800 KRW per month (approximately $95 USD).


However, during their inspection / investigation, Se7en and Sangchu confessed that they had received 2 checks from Tae Jin Ah that were worth 1,000,000 KRW (approximately $897 USD) each. Tae Jin Ah is Sangchu's CEO at YMC Entertainment.

SEE ALSO: Revisiting some of 2NE1's wildest fashion styles


However, even if the pair had a check from Tae Jin Ah, there is no legal issue. Although a rep from the Ministry of Defense said, "We haven't confirmed how they received the check", the rep proposed that the two had received the check from Tae Jin Ah or a common friend while they were performing. The Ministry of Defense also added, "If they say they got it as a friend, there is nothing problematic."



Source: Kuki News via Nate / allkpop


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*** This at least will soften the damage of the reputation. I’m sure illegal massage parlors don’t give proper receipt after "acquiring" their services. But, I really wonder why are these just NOW showing up? Are we still on this? ;)


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Se7en and Sangchu revealed to have submitted previous receipts as proof that they sought massage parlors for treatment purposes


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It has been revealed that Se7en and Sangchu had submitted receipts from their prior visits to massage establishments to prove that the outing that was caught on camera was not intended to seek out sexual services. 


A rep from the National Defense Committee, who inspected the investigation report from the Ministry of Defense, revealed that these receipts submitted were from 'proper' massage establishments, as in those that are not known to provide sexual services. 


"Sangchu and Se7en submitted all receipts from their visits to massage shops prior and after enlistment to prove that they entered the massage parlor for treatment purposes during the Ministry of Defense's investigation into celebrity soldiers... The receipts were provided by proper massage shops... These documents were reflected int he investigation report," the rep said.


In the revealed portion of the investigation report, it reads, "Prior to enlistment A (Sangchu, 2012.10.30 enlistment) and B (Se7en, 2013.3.19 enlistment) have entered proper massage shops in Seoul usually around late at night, and A has also entered two times after enlistment (2013.5.26/6.8)."


So it seems it was based on these receipts submitted from the clean massage shops that led the Ministry of Defense to previously announce that Se7en and Sangchu were only seeking treatment when they visited the massage parlor caught on tape.


The rep further added with a sad smile, "Although it was to prove that the visit to the massage parlor was for treatment purposes, this situation of having to even submit receipts is unfortunate." 


SEE ALSO: Where did Se7en and Sangchu get the money to pay for their massage parlor?




Source + image: Sports Seoul / allkpop




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