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Pop star Rain in trouble over paparazzi photos

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2011 file photo, South Korean pop singer Rain gives a military salute to his fans before he enters the army to serve in front of an army training center in Uijeongbu, north of of Seoul, South Korea. Rain is in trouble after paparazzi photos showed him secretly dating a top actress. Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2012 it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting actress Kim Tae-hee while on duty. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, File)FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2011 file photo, South Korean pop singer Rain gives a military salute to his fans before he enters the army to serve in front of an army training center in Uijeongbu, north of of Seoul, South Korea. Rain is in trouble after paparazzi photos showed him secretly dating a top actress. Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2012 it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting actress Kim Tae-hee while on duty. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, File)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean pop star Rain is facing questions after paparazzi photos showed him out on the town with a top actress.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting actress Kim Tae-hee while on duty.

Rain is fulfilling his compulsory army service as an entertainer for the military. He is not allowed to have private meetings while outside his Seoul base for official duties such as recording and performing.

FILE - In this May 26, 2005 file photo, South Korean actress Kim Tae-hee participates in a fashion show held by South Korean apparel maker Shinwon company in the inter-Korean industrial park in Kaesong, just a few hundred meters (yards) north of the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone that divides the Korean peninsula. South Korean pop star Rain is facing questions after paparazzi photos showed him out on the town with Kim. Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting the actress while on duty. (AP Photo/Lee Jae-Won, Pool, File)FILE - In this May 26, 2005 file photo, South Korean actress Kim Tae-hee participates in a fashion show held by South Korean apparel maker Shinwon company in the inter-Korean industrial park in Kaesong, just a few hundred meters (yards) north of the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone that divides the Korean peninsula. South Korean pop star Rain is facing questions after paparazzi photos showed him out on the town with Kim. Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting the actress while on duty. (AP Photo/Lee Jae-Won, Pool, File)

The ministry says a brief lockup in a military jail cannot be ruled out as a penalty.

Kim's agency admits that the two have dated for a month. Rain's agency neither denies nor confirms it.

Rain joined the military in October 2011 and is scheduled to be discharged in July.