K-Pop Star Seungri Retires After Being Charged With Running Prostitution Ring

K-pop superstar Seungri announced his retirement from the industry — and consequently his part in legendary boy group BIGBANG — amid allegations that he supplied prostitutes to rich foreigners investing in his business in 2015.

The 28-year-old entrepreneur, who is scheduled to begin his mandatory military service on March 25, is also accused of allowing drug use at Burning Sun, the nightclub where he had been executive director, and bribery of police by club officials.

 

“I feel like it is best for me to retire from the entertainment business at this point,” Seungri said in an Instagram post. “I have decided to do this because the controversy has become so big I will sincerely submit to the investigations on this matter and reveal the truth to all the allegations.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
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승리입니다 제가 이시점에서 연예계를 은퇴를하는것이 좋을거같습니다. 사회적 물의를 일으킨 사안이 너무나 커 연예계 은퇴를 결심했습니다 수사중인 사안에 있어서는 성실하게 조사를 받아 쌓인 모든 의혹을 밝히도록 하겠습니다. 지난 한달반동안 국민들로부터 질타받고 미움받고 지금 국내 모든 수사기관들이 저를 조사하고 있는 상황에서 국민역적 으로까지 몰리는 상황인데 저 하나 살자고 주변 모두에게 피해주는일은 도저히 제스스로가 용납이 안됩니다 지난 10여 년간 많은 사랑을 베풀어준 국내외 많은 팬분들께 모든 진심을 다해 감사드리며 와이지와 빅뱅 명예를 위해서라도 저는 여기까지인거같습니다 다시한번 죄송하고 또 죄송합니다 그동안 모든분들께 감사했습니다

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The scandal erupted after local outlet SBS funE exposed a KakaoTalk conversation between Seungri and alleged employees taking his orders to procure sexual favors on Club Arena, which came under police search on Sunday.

The prostitutes were allegedly for potential investors of Yuri Holdings, the company he founded in 2016 to manage his restaurant and entertainment ventures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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이번주 #SBS #런닝맨 #Runningman 지금까지 이렇게 달린적은없다! 꼭 함께해주세요!

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After its initial revelation, SBS funE published another report citing a police insider who claimed that Seungri and seven other people — including two male singers — shared hidden camera recordings in another chat room.

“Out of the KakaoTalk evidence submitted to the police, there are over 10 hidden camera videos and photos. Some of them were uploaded in a group chat room with Seungri and the other celebrities,” the insider said, according to Allkpop.

Seungri, who has since denied the allegations, was booked for acting as an agent to prostitution over the weekend. Others in the group conversations are also facing charges.

The artist thanked fans in his retirement post, “I sincerely thank all of the fans in and outside of Korea who have given me lots of love for the past 10 years.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Such a beautiful California #LA 🇺🇸

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In the wake of the controversy, shares of Seungri’s management, YG Entertainment, took a nosedive. On Monday, it plunged 14% to 37,150 KRW ($32.76), according to Variety.

Meanwhile, company sources have spoken to local outlets following his announcement of retirement.

“Seungri’s retirement announcement was not a decision made after consulting with YG, but a decision made on his own. He was even more distressed because these incidents happened right before his enlistment,” a source told YTN Star, according to Soompi.

Another source told Xports News, “Currently, there is no additional statement to be made from the company related to this. There has also been nothing decided yet in regards to anything such as a termination of his exclusive contract.”

Ahead of Seungri’s announcement, many Korean netizens called for his removal from BIGBANG, which has been on hiatus since 2018. They also slammed international fans who supported him.

“Brainless b***hes.”

“Flower road my a$$, they’re so pathetic.”

“Must be nice having stupid fangirls buy your stuff up no matter what you do.”

“They’re starting to scare me now… I feel like they’d still support him even if he murdered someone…”

“It’s because of stupid fangirls like them that celebrities are so shameless after committing crimes. I feel bad for their parents.”

Seungri has since been banned from leaving South Korea by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, according to Allkpop.

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