SKorean rapper T.O.P gets suspended sentence for drug use

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SEOUL: South Korean pop star T.O.P received Thursday a 10-month suspended jail sentence for smoking marijuana multiple times last year, weeks after being hospitalized for a drugs overdose.The 29-year-old rapper of K-pop boy band Big Bang had admitted in court to smoking marijuana on four occasions in his home in Seoul last October. “As Choi has admitted to the charges, he is found guilty,” Yonhap news agency cited a Seoul judge as saying, referring to the singer by his real name, Choi Seung-Hyun.The judge added that crimes related to drugs require stiff punishment as they can have a “negative effect” on overall society, but said the singer’s deep regret over his actions had been taken into account.Arriving at the court, Choi told reporters that he “sincerely regretted causing trouble” and apologized to his fans.

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