BIGBANG Member Seungri To Retire After Alleged Involvement In Prostitution, Drug Use
Written by KFAT on March 12, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Seoul, South Korea (4E) – BIGBANG member Seungri has announced his retirement from the K-pop industry after being identified as a suspect in allegations of prostitution and sexual misconduct in nightclubs in South Korea.
The singer-actor announced his retirement through an Instagram post where he wrote, “Retiring from the entertainment industry as the issues that I caused a societal disturbance are too major [sic].” YG Entertainment confirmed that such statement indeed came from Seungri, but that he did not seek prior consultation from the company, Allkpop reports. It has not been decided whether his contract with YG Entertainment will be terminated or not.
YG Entertainment’s stocks took a hit after Seungri’s name popped up in relation to the investigation. According to Bloomberg, the company’s stocks fell by 14 percent.
Born Seung-hyun Lee, Seungri is the youngest member of BIGBANG and has been in the South Korean entertainment industry for 13 years. Aside from singing and acting, he established a steady career as a businessman and was particularly involved in the club scene.
Over the past few weeks, Seungri has been linked to a multi-pronged scandal involving prostitution and drug use. His involvement was revealed after South Korea’s police investigated the Burning Sun nightclub, where he was the public relations director.
Conversations made through a Korean messaging app called Kakaotalk appear to show the 28-year-old coordinating with people in order to book prostitutes to service potential foreign investors. The full text of the chat was retrieved through his phone and is now being investigated.
If convicted of the charges relating to prostitution, Seungri could face up to three years in prison.
He has since denied the claims, but assured authorities that he will comply fully with the investigations.
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