K-idol Seungri under investigation for alleged prostitution and drug rings

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K-idol Seungri under investigation for alleged prostitution and drug rings

Samantha Acevedo, Senior

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In the months of March and April, second generation K-pop idol, Seungri of Big Bang, has been caught orchestrating the smuggling of drugs and the prostitution of women to celebrities and South Korea’s high ranking officials, and even rape allegations.

Seungri, whose birth name is Lee Seunghyun, is a well known senior among the K-pop community, having been part of the popular group Big Bang.

On January 28th, security footage of an assault that occurred at nightclub Burning Sun was released. Burning Sun then released a statement and revealing that Seungri is not the owner of the club, as rumors suggested, but a sponsor: “Everyone thinks that Seungri is the CEO. It’s true that Seungri participated in the management of the club, but he’s not actually the club’s owner.”

On February 2nd, Korea Dispatch, a tabloid magazine that surrounds the news of Idols, revealing a group chat that comprised of Burning Sun employees’ discussion of a brutal assault.

Seungri posted a detailed apology on Instagram, stating that he was not aware of the incidents involving the rape.

As investigation of the club progressed, Korean newsletter SBS surfaced a kakao group chat involving idols and other celebrities that would exchange non-consensual pictures and videos of drugged women to high-ranking officials, such as investors and entrepreneurs.

As the scene was further investigated, it was soon revealed that Seungri was actually prostituting women to these investors and other celebrities. This group chat consisted of Seungri, CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun, FTISLAND’s Choi Jonghoon, CEO Yoo In Suk, Jung Joon-young, Roy Kim, and other Burning Sun employees.

Lee Jong Hyun, Choi Jonghoon and Yoo In Suk released statements admitting to their crimes, closing their Instagram accounts and stepping down from their companies and groups.

Joon-young detailed his guilt in a letter, in which he stated, “I admit to all my crimes. I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a social media chatroom.”
All of the members of the group chat have been booked for investigation, and Seungri’s enlistment, which was due March 20, 2019, was postponed for the investigation.