T.O.P says sorry for littering

SEOUL • Rapper T.O.P of Korean boyband BigBang on Monday apologised for littering in China.

He had been caught on camera throwing a cigarette butt out of a vehicleon a street in China.

The video instantly went viral on Chinese social network Weibo and triggered a barrage of international criticism.

T.O.P and his fellow BigBang members reportedly visited China for a scheduled activity on the date of the incident.

In the video named BigBang’s T.O.P Criticised For Cigarette Butt Littering In China, a limousine stops as T.O.P, at the back of the car, opens a car window slightly and drops a cigarette butt on the road.

Immediately after the incident, T.O.P responded to Chinese fans and the owner of the video with a heart gesture using his thumb and index finger.

“I dispose of cigarette butts in designated areas or trash binswhen I am moving in a vehicle,” T.O.P, 27, said in a press release.

“But then, the vehicle I was in did not belong to us and the choice I made was a huge mistake. I have no excuse to make. I apologise for my wrongdoing.”


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2016, with the headline ''. Print Edition | Subscribe