Former Big Bang member Seungri will serve entire 18-month jail sentence after appeal rejection

  • South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled today that former BigBang member Seungri will serve his entire 18-month jail sentence.
  • Seungri’s was originally found guilty in August 2021 of nine charges including embezzlement and prostitution mediation among others. He was originally sentenced to three years in jail.
  • The sentence was reduced to half during an appeal hearing in January where he pled guilty to all charges.
  • Seungri was one of the most prominent names involved in the Burning Sun nightclub scandal in 2019 that saw many in the entertainment industry accused of alleged crimes of rape, spycam usage, prostitution trafficking and embezzlement.

The South Korean Supreme Court rejected former Big Bang member Seungri’s lighter sentence appeal today, ruling he will serve the entirety of his 18-month jail sentence. 

In August 2021, Seungri’s original trial found him guilty of nine charges including embezzlement and prostitution mediation with a sentence of three years in prison and an order to pay a fine of 1.15 billion Korean won (approximately $912,780). 

However, during an appeal hearing back in January with the High Military Court of the Ministry of Defense, Seungri’s sentence was halved after pleading guilty to all charges and expressing his intention to reflect on his actions. 

He is currently being held at a military correctional institution and will be transferred to a private prison to reside for the remainder of his sentence. His jail term is expected to end sometime in February of 2023.

Seungri retired from the entertainment industry in March 2019 following his involvement in the Burning Sun nightclub scandal that wrecked the industry with allegations of prostitution, rape, spycam use, embezzlement and violence.


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Big Bang, his former boy group under YG Entertainment, released comeback single “Still Life” this April, ending their four-year hiatus.  


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