South Korean President Urges Probe On Sex and Corruption Scandal Involving K-Pop Stars, Government Officials

Written by on March 21, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Seoul, South Korea (4E) – South Korean singer and actor Joon Young Jung admitted to all charges against him and apologized for his actions in public. South Korea’s president has also intervened, urging authorities to investigate the controversy thoroughly.

Jung arrived at the Seoul Central District Court where he was summoned for questioning for his involvement in the prostitution and sexual bribery scandal that has implicated several celebrities. He was charged with sharing hidden camera footage in chatrooms that showed people doing sexual acts, thereby violating South Korean law on Sexual Violence Crimes.

Speaking in front of the media, the ‘Love Forecast’ actor admitted to all the charges against him and asked forgiveness for his crime. He also said that he will not argue and will humbly abide by the court’s decision, Soompi reports.

The scandal involves other K-pop artists, including BIGBANG member Seungri and FT Island’s Jong Hoon Choi. Seungri was accused of offering prostitutes and providing sexual services to investors and other VIPs in Korean nightclub where Seungri was the publicity director. The allegation was backed up by screenshots of conversations through an app called KakaoTalk.

Last week, Seungri announced his retirement from the entertainment industry and his record label, YG Entertainment, confirmed that they have terminated their contract with the singer. Aside from sexual bribery, it was also alleged that Seungri participated in other illegal activities such as gambling overseas and using cocaine.

Because of the massive scale of the crime and the people implicated, South Korean President Jae In Moon urge authorities to conduct a probe on the matter. Aside from celebrities, police and tax officials have been dragged into the controversy. Moon said it would be a “huge shock” if the allegations pertaining to the government officials are proven true, Strait Times reports.

The scandal has since rocked the K-pop industry and saw a decline in share prices of entertainment agencies particularly YG Entertainment and FNC Entertainment whose artists are involved in the scandal.

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