Introducing VIXX’s Ravi, the K-pop rapper and leader of the popular South Korean boy band. Recently, allegations have surfaced that Ravi used a broker to try to avoid mandatory military service. In response, GROOVL1N, the agency started by Ravi, released a statement regarding the situation. In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to serve in the army for at least 18 months. The broker claims that Ravi was able to get an IV rating, which would exempt him from military service. The prosecution identified Ravi as one of the broker’s clients after a digital check on the broker’s phone. GROOVL1N is currently trying to understand the details of the situation and will provide more information in a separate notice. Before the allegations, Ravi released his fifth EP “Love and Celebration”. We await more information on this developing story.
GROOVL1N agency started by rapper and VIXX lead singer Ravi released a statement regarding allegations that he used a broker to try to avoid mandatory military service.
South Korean media reported yesterday (Jan 12) that the broker had been charged and arrested for helping male clients manipulate medical records and falsify diagnoses to gain exemption from military service. In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to serve in the army for at least 18 months.
According to Korea JoongAng Daily, the broker told prosecutors that one of their clients was a K-pop rapper who started working as a social agent last October. The broker also claims that thanks to their services, the musician was able to get an IV rating.
In accordance with South Korea’s Military Service Law, male citizens undergo a medical examination to determine their fitness for active military service. Class I to III citizens will serve in the army as conscripts for 18 months and Class IV citizens will serve as social workers in government institutions for 21 months. Citizens of V and VI categories are exempt from military service, and citizens of VII category are subject to re-examination.
The Korea Times reported that the prosecution identified Ravi as one of the broker’s clients after a digital check on the broker’s phone found records that the idol had consulted the broker. Documents related to Ravi’s health and military service were also reportedly found on the broker’s phone.
Ravi first announced that he would be enlisting in the army as a social worker for unspecified “health reasons” in October last year.
In a statement released yesterday (January 12), Ravi’s agency GROOVL1N said it was “carefully investigating the truth of the situation”. The statement added that Ravi will comply with all requests for an investigation related to the allegations.
“Since the issue is related to military duty, we think it is appropriate to first understand the details and then give detailed explanations, so we are currently trying to understand the details.” GROOVL1N said in a statement translated by Soompi. “More precise information will be provided in a separate notice later.”
A month before Ravi announced his set, he released his fifth EP “Love and Celebration”.