Former K-pop idol and Big Bang member Seungri received a three-year jail sentence after being charged in 2019 for procuring prostitutes for businessmen, but his fans are still fighting for him.
Conviction: Seungri, 30, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was convicted by the General Military Court of the Ground Operations Command in Yongin on the charges of mediating prostitution and illegal gambling, according to Nate via All Kpop.
- Prosecutors originally wanted five years in prison with a 20 million Korean won ($17,000) fine. However, the court finalized the ruling to three years imprisonment with a fine of 1.15 billion Korean won ($990,000).
- Seungri was tried and convicted at a military court because he enlisted in the army last year, BBC reported.
- The Korean artist retired in 2019 after he was accused of supplying prostitutes to rich foreign businessmen who wanted to invest in his business.
Reactions: Many of his fans took to Twitter to show their support for him. Some of them called his conviction an injustice, while others posted positive messages for their idol.
Sorry but if you followed Seungri’s case, there’s no way you should accept the court’s decision, especially after hearing the witnesses and Ri’s statements, and now the judges statements. They had no solid evidence against him and he never hurt anyone or was accuse by anyone.
— bluerosety (@bluerosety1) August 12, 2021
Yes, it s extreme injustice. Seungri will stay detained until his appeal procedures are over which can take forever because we know how they deliberately drag this case.
The only “positive” thing in this ending is that Seungri has indeed been innocent all the time. Thank you, SR.
— jalə ³⁵ #IStandWithSeungri (@umudovaj) August 13, 2021
Injustice that happened to seungri wont be admitted today, or 5 years later… or maybe even 20 years later… but i believe one day… someone will speak up about this injustice.
— ver (@bingulatte) August 13, 2021
The judge knew Seungri didn’t film it himself but their reason was “there’s a huge social problem so it will be treated the same way as illegal filming”
— (@pandacondae) August 13, 2021
As long as he appears, I will be there.
I will always be there, waiting is not a problem. I am not disappointed. I am not disappointed at all for Seungri. He is always my pride and my one and only. I hope justice can really be done. I hope to see true fairness and justice. pic.twitter.com/17XEqucdbS
— Emalain (@Emalainbetty) August 12, 2021
We may not be able to be there for you but our prayers are with you.
our phoenix, Seungri!#SEUNGRI #BANGYEDAM pic.twitter.com/PZuJ5s9vvZ
— Reo miss Yedam (@BYD1st) August 13, 2021
Good morning..Iwoke up bad this morning. I thought about how Seungri was. I can’t imagine what he’s feeling now…I hope he appeals because he doesn’t deserve this. The haters go f*ck themselves…
now I only care about him…
— nini³⁵ -38 (@poutyvip5lines) August 13, 2021
Its okay riri , we will have for you . you’re not alone , you’re not a bad guy we love you ! #seungri #SeungriDeservesJustice pic.twitter.com/PXAapl3FJH
— sop (@daisypheaaaaaa) August 12, 2021
- However, various users called out other fans for defending Seungri despite the court’s ruling.
A lot of the charges involves tax evasion, Money laundering, not just about Burning Sun. The 3 year sentence includes all 9 guilty charges. So if you cut up the sentences per charges, that’s not a lot actually.
— Sweeney⁷ (@boboismybear) August 13, 2021
IT’S SO INSANE OMG
like how blind to everything outside of your fave do you have to be?? dude’s going to prison and they’re still saying stuff like ‘seungri is innocent!! keep fighting the corrupt justice system!!!’
— ✧♡✩ (@pastichepink) August 12, 2021
how can one who sitting in the home knows the truth better than the court n the judges make it makes sense just bcs u following the case for whatver years doesnt mean ur source is trustful n 100% right when whats u only do is read on someone’s page or whatver
— 당신의 집착 (@imkokobroke) August 13, 2021
Kris wu and Seungri when they see eachother in Jail😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/XXfcfEKeQ4
— eun (@clenchedasseun7) August 12, 2021
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