UPDATE (May 8, 2019): South Korean police have officially requested an arrest warrant for Big Bang’s Seungri. An additional warrant has also been issued for Yoo In-Suk, the co-founder of Seungri’s shared Yuri Holdings. The basis for the warrants was shared by a police officer: “We see that the two conspired to arrange sex services and embezzle company funds.” Since the scandal began, Seungri has been called in for police questioning 18 times as both witness and suspect. He is accused of arranging prostitution parties organized between 2015 and 2017 but denies all accusations.
Stay tuned for more updates as the story develops.
“At this point in time, I think it is best if I retire from the entertainment industry. Due to the criticism and trouble I have caused within the public being so severe, I have decided to retire. I will also be faithfully cooperating with the issues being investigated in ode to reveal all the doubts and speculations circulating. Fo the past month and a half, I have been receiving backlash and hatred from the citizens of this country. Currently being investigated by many detectives, I am also being coined as a societal traitor (country’s traitor). With everything going on, I cannot bare to allow myself to put those around me in harm’s way just so I alone could survive. I would like to genuinely thank all my fans, both Korean and oversea, who have showered me with love for the past ten+ years. In order to protect both YGE and BIGBANG’s reputation/honor, I feel that it is best if I end it here. once again, I am sorry, so very sorry.”
Seungri has been accused of running a prostitution ring at his Seoul club, Burning Sun. He claims to have no knowledge of illegal activity that took place under his management. Earlier this month, messages were leaked that suggested Seungri made plans to hire prostitutes for his clients. He denies these claims and insists that the messages were fake. On March 10, additional evidence from another nightclub, ARENA, reportedly shows that he was involved in another prostitution scandal. This evidence resulted in his subsequent arrest. Seungri was also scheduled to enlist in the South Korean military on March 25.
Stay tuned as this story develops.
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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
- The Korea Herald