Saturday, 23 March, 2019

K-pop star Seungri retires amid sex-for-investment allegations

Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid controversy Seungri retires amid sex, drug, corruption scandal - The Jakarta Post
Angelica Greene | 13 March, 2019, 14:54

Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, denied procuring prostitutes last month when a media outlet reported that he had been involved in "sex bribery". If convicted, he could be imprisoned for three years.

The singer said in his Instagram statement: "I have faced heavy criticism from the public for the last month and-a-half and I'm being probed by all investigative authorities in the country".

Word on the street has it that the 28-year-old singer has become Korea's public enemy #1 and nobody wants to be affiliated with him.

As the allegations grew, Seungri suspended his entertainment career in late February and canceled concerts originally set for mid-March.

While getting criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half, and with all the agencies in the country now investigating me, I am even being considered a traitor of Korea.

Seungri, who was once described as "the Great Gatsby of Korea" for his lavish lifestyle, has a enormous fanbase - but some had called for him to leave Big Bang as the scandal swept the country. "As I've been branded as a 'national traitor, ' I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake".

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"I give my heartfelt, honest thanks to fans at home and overseas who gave their love for the past 10 years, and I think this should be it for the sake of the reputation of YG and Big Bang".

Seungri's retirement post has been "liked" more than 810,000 times and commented on 210,000 times on Instagram.

On March 10, the Special Crime Squad of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked the idol and took him in for questioning regarding his alleged involvement in arranging sexual escorts for foreign investors of nightclubs with which he was associated.

Band leader G-Dragon was also investigated for smoking marijuana in 2011, although he was released without indictment.

The group went on hiatus to pursue solo projects and fulfill mandatory military service in Korea.

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