K-pop star Rain has been cleared of suspicions that he violated the military code of conduct during his mandatory service, the singer’s agency said today.
The 31-year-old singer, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has been investigated by prosecutors over allegations that he spent too many days off duty before being discharged in July.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office probing the case dismissed charges against Rain on Dec. 12, CUBE Entertainment said in a press release.
All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve about two years in the armed forces.
Rain spent 21 months as an “entertainment soldier” as part of a special unit designated by the defense ministry as an agency for promotion.
The now-defunct entertainment unit had employed actors, singers and other entertainers to provide TV and radio programming geared toward military audiences before it was abolished amid rising criticism over the special treatment the entertainer soldiers received.
Rain is one of the most popular male celebrities in South Korea and a well-known star in other Asian countries, and has appeared in several TV series and films.