SINGAPORE: T.O.P of Korean boy band BIGBANG has been arrested for marijuana use, according to local reports on Thursday (Jun 1).
The 29-year-old rapper and actor is being investigated for allegedly smoking the illegal substance in October last year, months before the start of his mandatory military training, said Yonhap citing Seoul Metropolitan Police.
T.O.P, whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, has been serving as a policeman at a station in Gangnam since his army exiting ceremony in March.
"Police have sent the case to the prosecution, recommending indictment," said Yonhap.
T.O.P's management company YG Entertainment said in a statement that the Into the Fire star has admitted to the charge, according to further reports.
He is "following through with all investigative measures by attending police investigation in the midst of his public service duties", said YG, as cited by Korean entertainment portal Allkpop.
"We apologise for worrying so many people," the statement read.
YG faced a similar case in 2011 after BIGBANG leader G-Dragon tested positive for marijuana, which he claimed to have consumed unknowingly after it was offered by a fan. The 28-year-old was not penalised.