7 celebrity soldiers jailedThe Ministry of National Defense has ordered singer Se7en, whose real name is Choi Dong-wook, Sangchu, whose real name is Lee Sang-chul, and five other celebrity soldiers who were serving their military duty in a special entertainment unit to confinement in a military jail.
Se7en and Sangchu have been given 10 days as they were caught visiting a massage parlor late at night in June, as reported by SBS TV channel’s program “Scene 21.”
The other five, who had been carrying unapproved cell phones at the military unit, received four days in prison.
Many netizens have criticized the punishment imposed on the soldiers for being too light. They say that the ministry are just trying to prove that they are taking some action regarding the issue.
However, others argue that the punishment carries some significance as it is the first time the ministry has acknowledged the problems surrounding entertainment soldiers.
After the controversial media report, the ministry announced last week that it will dissolve the Defense Media Agency’s public relations support unit, which is composed of 15 celebrity soldiers, by Thursday.
By Lee Sun-min