What are some of the biggest news stories involving K-pop and K-drama stars you remember this year? Joy News 24 asked 200 Korean entertainment professionals about the “most memorable issues in the industry in 2017.” The industry professionals included entertainment agency staff members, producers, reporters, and others, and multiple votes were cast. From top stars’ beautiful weddings to not-so-glamorous court cases, scroll down to reveal them all!

1. BIGBANG T.O.P’s marijuana case

BIGBANG T.O.P's marijuana case ranked first with 86 votes. On June 1, the police shared that T.O.P was under investigation for violating the national drug laws. The case investigated his marijuana use from October to December 2016. T.O.P had been serving his military duty at the Gangnam Police Station since February 9, which made the case more scandalous.


2. Park Yoo Chun’s sexual assault case

Sensory Couple's Park Yoo Chun and Ms. Song, a bar hostess, had been involved in a series of sexual assault and defamation cases for a year, which received 22 votes from the industry professionals. In June 2016, Ms. Song sued Park for sexual assault. The following month, Park sued Song for defamation and false accusations. Park was acquitted in March and Song in July 2017. Following Song’s acquittal, the prosecutor's office appealed the court’s ruling.


3. Song Song Couple’s wedding

Receiving 19 votes, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo‘s wedding ranked third. The Descendants of the Sun-costars-turned couple tied the knot last Tuesday, on Halloween, at Yeongbin Hall in Shilla hotel. It was a star-studded wedding with many of the couple’s guests being celebrities. The bride shined brightest wearing a pearl-colored Christian Dior dress and an elbow-length veil.


4. Hong Sang Soo and Kim Min Hee’s affair

People had been speculating about filmmaker Hong Sang Soo and actress Kim Min Hee’s affair since 2015. On March 13, Hong said in a statement, "We are in love with each other. The reason we said nothing to the press so far is because we felt there was no need to explain such a personal affair,” at a press conference in Seoul to promote his newest release, On the Beach at Night Alone.


5. Kim Woo Bin’s cancer diagnosis

On May 24, Kim’s agency Sidus HQ, said he was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer and was being treated. On July 28, when we last heard from him, Kim completed the first round of chemotherapy and lost 22 pounds, according to Sidus HQ.


6. Rain and Kim Tae Hee’s wedding

Rain and Kim Tae Hee ended their five-year dating relationship with a beautiful wedding on January 19 in Gahoe-dong cathedral in Jongno, Seoul. It was a Catholic matrimony with mass. Kim Tae Hee wore a laced, over-the-knee dress topped with a simple veil, and Rain wore a simple tuxedo with a bow tie and white gloves.


7. Kim Joo Hyuk’s death

Actor Kim Joo Hyuk passed away in a tragic car accident on October 30. The whole entertainment industry was shocked, and celebrities mourned the sudden death, including Kim's girlfriend, Lee Yoo Young, Silence costar Choi Min Sik and the Running Man cast members.


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