T.O.P says sorry to mum, admits to all charges

BigBang rapper T.O.P read a statement of apology for his marijuana use in front of the media.
BigBang rapper T.O.P read a statement of apology for his marijuana use in front of the media.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL • On the first day of the trial yesterday, South Korean prosecutors said they were seeking a 10- month jail sentence suspended for two years for BigBang rapper T.O.P, who has been charged with using marijuana on four occasions last year.

The 29-year-old, who previously denied using liquid marijuana on two of the four occasions, admitted to all the charges yesterday, said reports.

According to allkpop website, his lawyer revealed that the rapper's girlfriend then, a 21-year-old trainee singer, had offered him marijuana while he was drunk.

Afterwards, he broke up with her and stopped smoking marijuana, the lawyer said.

Clad in a black suit for the hearing in Seoul Central District Court, T.O.P read a statement of apology in front of the press, said The Korea Herald.

He said: "I was foolish. In the past, I wanted to escape from myself in the dark due to depression and severe anxiety disorder. My disorderly state of mind led to impulsive wrongdoing and an irrevocable mistake, and I disappointed many people."

He ended the statement by apologising to his mother.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2017, with the headline 'T.O.P says sorry to mum, admits to all charges'. Print Edition | Subscribe