Things are looking dicey for idol-actor T.O.P. (Choi Seung Hyun) who has become the latest K-star to get into a scrape with the law. Unlike the messier relationship scandals that have sunk the reputations of stars such as Yoochun, Park Shi Hoo, Kim Hyun Joong, and more, T.O.P. was under police investigation and now has been formally charged for using drugs. More specifically marijuana, so he was caught smoking pot during a few instances back in October 2016, with a female co-participant in tow, and the police nabbed them by doing tests on their hair strands. Setting aside whether recreational pot smoking ought to be legal and is in reality already widespread, it’s still illegal to do any drugs in Korea so T.O.P. is going to have to handle the aftermath and hope his fans are more forgiving of this type of transgression.
T.O.P. has admitted to the pot smoking and his agency YG Entertainment has released an apology. Reportedly he denied it initially claiming it was e-cigarettes but the female caught smoking the pot with him admitted to cops it was marijuana. Further conspiracy theory has it that disgraced and impeached for South Korean President Park Geun Hye was shielding YG in the past from drug scandals involving G-dragon and Park Bom because her confidante Choi Soon Shil was an investor in YG, but now with both out of power T.O.P. is the first YG entertainer to face the law for any drug infractions.