Pop Star Seungri Quits Amid Prostitution Scandal

13 March, 2019, 14:54 | Author: Donna Miller
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After the allegations emerged, staff revealed the musician - who is a member of K-pop group Big Bang, which has 10million YouTube subscribers - was not an owner but did participate in management of the club. His retirement comes with immediate effect and Seungri will be leaving the band which has sold over 140 million records since their 2006 debut and are known as the "Kings of K-pop".

Police on Sunday accelerated their probe into sexual bribery allegations involving Seungri of South Korean boy band BigBang, as they booked him as a suspect and raided a Seoul nightclub associated with the performer to gather evidence.

The search stems from leaked Kakaotalk messages from 2015 that are alleged to be between Seungri, CEO Yoo of Yuri Holdings, and a club employee. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for three years.

Seungri (승리) is quitting the entertainment industry.

Prostitution is illegal in South Korea.

Many fans have already turned their backs on him and signed a petition last week urging Seungri's expulsion from BIGBANG, saying he had caused "unrecoverable damage to the group's reputation".

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Seungri isn't the first member of Big Bang to be embroiled in controversy, however. "As I've been branded as a 'national traitor, ' I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake".

Rapper T.O.P received a suspended jail sentence in 2017 for smoking marijuana multiple times after he was hospitalised for a drug overdose.

In the Instagram post, he apologized to fans and denied the charges.

An example of the band's fame in action: G-Dragon is now performing his two-year term of military service - which is mandatory for able-bodied men in South Korea.

Still Seungri is reportedly scheduled to enlist in the military on March 25, despite the ongoing investigation.

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