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G-Dragon accused of preferential treatment

June 26,2018
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Singer G-Dragon of boy band Big Bang had surgery on his ankle and has been hospitalized at a military hospital in Yangju, Gyeonggi.

Local news outlet Dispatch reported Monday morning that the singer was admitted to a single-person’s room at the hospital on June 19, which according to the initial report, is known as the “colonel’s ward” because it is reserved for high-ranking military officials.

While anyone with a severe injury needs to be hospitalized after surgery, Dispatch said the hospital ward is supposed to be off limits to lower-ranking soldiers, and G-Dragon had spent some seven days in the private hospital room receiving medical care - which is seen by some as preferential treatment.

On Monday afternoon, the singer’s agency, YG Entertainment, explained that although G-Dragon is staying in a single room, there is no “colonel’s ward” at the hospital, and the singer had been admitted under strict regulations.

“G-Dragon has been suffering from chronic shoulder dislocation and had sprained his ankle frequently, even before he enlisted, and it got worse during his military training” said YG. “The diagnosis confirmed that he had pieces of [ankle] bone inside [his body] that were damaging ligaments and muscles, causing serious infections.”

“G-Dragon is staying in an ordinary one-person’s room, which was a measure taken [by the singer] to prevent any inconvenience to the hospital.”

The singer has kept to all regulations, and his medical leave at the hospital abides by all the rules, according to the agency.

G-Dragon began his mandatory military duty on Feb. 27, when he entered a boot camp located in Cherwon, Gangwon, and was assigned to his post on April 5.

By Yoon So-yeon