MBC-TV reported on Tuesday that a dentist confessed to having taken 80 million won from entertainer MC Mong in return for keeping secrets about his intentional extraction of his teeth as a way to avoid military conscription.
The report came two days after the prosecution indicted the TV celebrity on suspicion of dodging mandatory military service by pulling out his healthy teeth.
But news reports said MC Mong's side denied the bribery allegation.
The Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office brought a charge against the singer and TV entertainer, whose real name is Shin Dong-hyun, that he had three health teeth intentionally extracted between 2004-2006 in order to receive exemption from the country’s military duty, Yonhap News reported.
The 31-year-old was first tested fit for the two-year service in 1998 but determined ineligible in a second qualification exam in 2007, which found him with defective masticatory functions. He was missing 11 cheek teeth when he received his military health check-up.
|Entertainer MC Mong (Yonhap)|