South Korean Pop Star Rain Punished By Military For Meeting Up With Actress

Todd Rigney

South Korean pop star and actor Rain has been punished by military officials for meeting up with an actress while on duty without his army hat.

The Defense Ministry said on Thursday that Rain will face consequences for his recent actions. According to Wonderwall, a spokesperson also commented that Rain had not received any special treatment from his commanding officers.

Photographs have recently surfaced which show Rain meeting up with South Korean actress Kim Tae-hee. The singer, who has been dubbed an "entertainment soldier," is believed by many to have received extra privileges from his superiors.

According to The News Tribe, fans have been more than a little excited about the pairing of Rain and television star Kim Tae-hee. However, some folks have wondered how the solider has been able to pursue the relationship and perform his assigned military duties.

Tabloid photos reportedly showed Rain meeting up with Kim when he should have been on-duty. Many South Koreans believe an investigation should be launched into the singer's behavior. Reports indicate that he may be forced to repeat his required military service if it's found he didn't properly perform his duties.

The 30-year-old is expected to appear before a disciplinary committee next week to address the situation and to face any punishment the military may hand down. However, sources explained that Rain isn't expected to spend any time in jail for sneaking off to meet his girlfriend.

Reuters reports that Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has served 450 days in the South Korean military. During that time, the singer has reportedly taken 94 days off. Most soldiers only get around 50. As a result, some people have signed an online complaint about Rain's recent behavior.

The singer is best known to North American audiences as the star of the martial arts film Ninja Assassin and Speed Racer. He also appeared in Oldboy director Chan-wook Park's quirky romantic comedy I'm a Cyborg, But That's Okay.

Do you think South Korean pop star Rain should face punishment for meeting up with his girlfriend while on duty?