Military administration to strengthen screening
By Lee Hyo-sik
Singer and TV-show host MC Mong
, 31, Monday denied allegations that he had healthy teeth extracted in order to dodge mandatory military service.
His denial came after the police's decision to book him without physical detention based on that charge.
Posting a letter on his homepage, he said he was exempted from military service due to an abnormal dental structure, claiming he had never intentionally had healthy teeth removed.
"I have never, ever, had a normal tooth pulled to avoid the military. I suffered excruciating pain because of unhealthy teeth. I had to get rid of them", he said.
The singer, whose real name is Shin Dong-hyun, said he has occasionally made minor mistakes in front of his fans as an entertainer.
"But I have not lived an immoral life. I have never abandoned my principles".
He also said he was born with bad teeth, adding he was not able to receive proper treatment when he was young because of his family's financial problems.
"I even took 10 painkillers at one time to relieve my toothache. When I finally went to a dentist, he was surprised at how bad my teeth were", the singer said.
then said he made no dubious deals with the dentist to avoid going to the military, stressing he received the required treatments.
"I requested a physical reexamination and was exempted from the military service for a rightful reason", he said. "I am so heartbroken after reading viewers' comments posted on bulletin boards of my programs. I will do everything necessary to regain my good reputation for myself, my parents and those who truly believe in me".
's statement came two days after the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said the popular entertainer was found healthy enough for active-duty as a soldier at his first physical checkup in August 1998. But in 2008, he had 12 teeth extracted and was able to get exempted from military duty.
The police said the singer is suspected of having extracted at least four of them to weaken his dental function and ultimately for exemption from military service.
They also said he had postponed entering the military service seven times from 1999 to 2006 by providing various illegitimate excuses.
is currently appearing in "1 Night 2 Days" on KBS and "Haha Mong Show" on SBS. Following his draft dodging allegation, many viewers requested the broadcasters expel him from the programs.
KBS largely edited out scenes in which MC Mong
appeared on Sunday evening. But SBS ran the Haha Mong Show as scheduled on Sunday morning, inviting harsh criticism from viewers.
Its homepage was inundated with comments slamming the broadcaster for the airing of the show.
Meanwhile, Rep. Kim Hak-song of the governing Grand National Party (GNP) said Monday that the Military Manpower Administration has strengthened its screening of those who have been exempted from active military duty or assigned to an alternative service program, because of bad teeth.
"The administration sent an official notice to its district offices across the country on Feb. 17, ordering them to tighten the physical checkup on draftees with bad teeth not to illegitimately exempt them from military service", Kim said.
The Feb. 17 date marks the day right after the police were tipped off on MC Mong
's possible draft dodging and began investigating the allegation.
MC몽, 병역기피 부인
병역비리의혹을 받고 있는 가수 겸 방송인 MC몽(본명 신동현, 31)이 월요일 모든 혐의를 부인하였다. 그는 현재 멀쩡한 이빨을 뽑아서 병역을 기피하려 했다는 의심을 받고 있다.
이는 경찰이 불구속입건하기로 결정한 다음에 나온 말이다.
자신의 미니홈피에 글을 올리면서 비정상적인 치아구조 때문에 군대에서 면제됐다고 주장하며 건강한 치아를 일부러 뽑은 적이 없다고 말했다.
MC몽은 "군 면제를 받기 위해 생니를 뽑은 적은 단연코 없다"고며 "건강하지 않은 치아 때문에 극심한 고통을 느꼈다. 아픈 치아는 어쩔 수 없이 뺐다"고 밝혔다.
그는 자신이 연예인으로서 대중에게 조그마한 실수는 많았지만 "세상의 이치를 져버리면서까지 그리 못나게 살지 않았다"고 밝혔다.
또한, 치아가 선천적으로 나빴고 가족의 경제적 사정상 어렸을 적에 제대로 된 치료를 못 받았다고 했다.
그는"너무 심한 통증을 이기기 위해 진통제를 10 알씩 먹으면서 참은 적도 많습니다. 상식에 어긋난 저의 치아 상황에 당시 치료를 한 의사조차 놀랐던 것이 사실"이라고 말했다.
병역을 기피하기 위해서 치과 의사와 부정거래도 한적이 없다고 말했다.