Fallen K-Pop Star Roy Kim Starts Military Service Next Month

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    May 12, 2020 15:00

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    Singer Roy Kim is joining the Marine Corps next month.

    According to his management agency on Monday, Kim signed up in March to serve in the Marines and has been admitted. He will enter a Marine boot camp in the southeastern port city of Pohang on June 15.

    Kim won audition show "Superstar K" on Mnet in 2013, which launched his professional singing career.

    But his squeaky-clean image became fatally tarnished by his association with singer Jung Joon-young, who was sentenced to six years in prison last year for illegally videotaping himself having sex with women and sharing the clips in Kakao Talk chatrooms.

    A police investigation showed Kim was a member of the chatroom and shared at least one image with them. At the time, his agency said Kim was not aware that this was a felony offense and explained that he captured the image from another chatroom that was unrelated to the one that made the headlines.

    The investigation was shelved in February.

    Meanwhile, an appeals court on Tuesday slightly reduced Jung's sentence to five years in jail as he has expressed remorse over his behaviors while trying to reconcile with his victims.

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