Diese Schlagzeilen erschüttern die K-Pop-Welt: Seungri verlässt freiwillig seine Boygroup "Big Bang", da ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen ihn. Als Sänger der Band Big Bang sorgte K-Pop-Star Seungri alias Lee Seung-hyun für Schweißausbrüche. Jetzt steht der Jährige vor Gericht. Südkorea Seoul - Seungri Mitglied der K-Pop Band Big Bang bei der Seoul Metropolitan. Die "Washington Post" hatte sie einst als "größte.
Sex, lies and video: scandals rock K-pop worldAls Sänger der Band Big Bang sorgte K-Pop-Star Seungri alias Lee Seung-hyun für Schweißausbrüche. Jetzt steht der Jährige vor Gericht. BIGBANG zählt zu den größten K-Pop-Bands. Seungri (bürgerlicher Name: Lee Seung Hyun) entschuldigte sich nach Berichten südkoreanischer. Diese Schlagzeilen erschüttern die K-Pop-Welt: Seungri verlässt freiwillig seine Boygroup "Big Bang", da ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen ihn.
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The two went back many years and were very open about their friendship. At first, Yong Junhyung denied any connection to the chatroom.
Later he announced that he had had a conversation with Jung Joon Young about illegally taken video although he did not participate in the taking hidden camera videos or the sharing of them.
First of all, I sincerely apologize to the Highlight members and all of the fans who have had a difficult time because of me because of the past few days.
When I received a call from my agency to confirm the report right after SBS 8 pm News aired on the 11th, I did not understand the point of the issue,and only said that I did not participate in the chatroom.
As a result, the agency took my side, and said in their official statement that the reports are false. However, this information was not given accurately by myself.
When talking to my agency about the official statement, I said the chats were from because I no longer have the chat logs with Jung Joon Young in my own KakaoTalk, so I was not able to accurately check the date.
I would like to also apologize for causing more confusion because of this. In the KakaoTalk messages with Jung Joon Young from late as reported by the news, we drank together the night before and went home.
I asked him how he was doing the next day. Jung Joon Young told me that he got caught sending an illegal video to someone.
In addition, I participated in inappropriate conversations about this. All of these actions were extremely immoral, and I was very foolish.
I treated it as something that is not a big deal, without thinking that it was a crime and an illegal act.
It is also my fault for not stopping Jung Joon Young. Yesterday, I participated in an interview as a witness regarding this controversy. I revealed everything that I know and cooperated with the investigation.
While being questioned, I realized exactly what I had talked about in the past, and I was ashamed and felt horrified. I never participated in something illegal such as taking hidden camera videos or sharing it.
In addition, since late , I have only maintained a relationship of simple greetings once in a while with Jung Joong Young. During investigations for Jung Joon Young, Seungri, Roy Kim, and Eddy Kim were all investigated for allegedly sharing one illicit photograph in a chatroom.
Seungri was charged with illegal distribution of this photo, as well as the illegal distribution of sex videos. Seungri explained that the woman, whom he does not know, asked to take a picture with him.
He said that he often takes photos with fans who ask for them. Seungri took a drug test that came back negative.
Seungri maintains that he did not take drugs. On January 8, , the prosecution filed for an arrest warrant with seven charges.
The two additional charges are: violating the foreign transaction act and habitual gambling. Once again, the arrest warrant was denied.
Following hours of deliberation, it was determined by the court that Seungri would not be arrested. It is difficult to recognize the reason for an arrest after investigating the charges, the degree of involvement by the suspect in some charges, the process of the investigation, and the gathering of evidence.
He also said Seungri's recent resignation as a senior director of the club was due to his upcoming military enlistment. On February 26, , SBS FunE released the first portions of the KakaoTalk recordings that would become crucial in the investigation, saying their origin was an anonymous source which had turned them over to the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission on February The recordings dated back to , and seemed to implicate Seungri with allegations that he had directed Burning Sun staff to arrange prostitutes for foreign investors who were coming to Seoul, at another Gangnam nightclub.
The source had cited possible police collusion as the reason for not turning them over directly to police.
The police held a press conference on March 4, saying they had not seen the original, unedited KakaoTalk messages and doubted their veracity, just prior to an SBS report detailing how they had obtained them.
On February 27, Seungri was questioned by the SMPA, a lengthy interview that lasted overnight and included a drug test.
Seungri denied allegations of attempts to buy sex for potential foreign investors or sex for business favors and any knowledge of the KakaoTalk messages, which had been disclosed by media, conversations he allegedly had with a Burning Sun co-founder and another of its employees about such arrangements; and he denied drug use.
Media reports said that various nightclubs were used for the lobbying,  including one named Arena, where Seungri allegedly arranged sexual favors for investors.
Get a hold of the main [rooms] 3 and 4 at the [club] Arena. We have guests from Taiwan". Two is good? On March 10, Seungri was booked on sex bribery charges.
Also, on Monday, March 11, due to possible police involvement, the Commission, a watchdog agency, turned the records over to the Supreme Prosecutors' Office of the Republic of Korea , asking them to investigate the scandal instead of the police.
The handling of those cases had been criticized for nonimpartiality due to the involvement of high-profile figures.
Ha Hyun-ock, a deputy financial news editor of the JoongAng Ilbo likened the burgeoning events to the mafia , with allegations of "drug dealing, prostitution, violence, tax evasion and collusion with police".
He referred to the assessment Bang brought up on the SBS news program, of its being the beginning of a Korean mafia, with K-pop's popularity creating celebrities of new money and status, who hobnob with business and government connections.
Seungri's and Jung's inter-locking scandals were combined in public televised view when both were called into the SMPA station on March 14, with more than journalists gathered for Jung's 10 a.
Jung exited, about an hour later, after his hour interrogation. SMPA had paper trails of money transactions, a YG Entertainment credit card payment by Seungri and a wire transfer by Yoo, and chat room conversations the two had with Jung about the arrangements;  and had booked 17 prostitutes and pimps related to the incidents.
On May 7 SMPA requested arrest warrants, to include pre-trial detention, for Seungri and Yoo, and they appeared at May 14 hearings, on charges of embezzling company funds and arranging sexual services for foreign investors, along with a new charge that Seungri had paid for sexual services himself.
Allegations included procuring prostitutes for himself and for others from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan from December to January His business partner Yoo was also referred to prosecutors for procuring prostitutes.
It alleged that YG Entertainment's founder Yang Hyun-suk had arranged sexual services for foreign investors in July , which he and the company denied.
Singer Psy , age 42, who was with YG Entertainment at the time, released a statement that he had introduced his friend Jho Low to Yang, and admitted that he and Yang had been invited to the dinner and drinks with Low and the other man.
SMPA said they were examining Yang's financial records for possible illegal foreign exchange transactions that may have been used for his alleged gambling, which is illegal for South Koreans at home and abroad.
In the first case with allegations of police collusion, a former Gangnam police officer surnamed Kang, age 44, was sentenced to one year in prison on August The court said that Lee Moon-ho's position as the operator of the Burning Sun Club put him at a different level than an "ordinary drug offender" and his first sentencing had been "light and unfair".
Yoon was also alleged to have received unlisted stocks from businessman Jeong in relation to the case; while Jeong is suspected of being tied to illicit financial transactions in the separate case against ex-Justice Minister Cho.
SMPA announced on May 15 they had referred the original whistleblower of the club's scandal, Kim Sang-kyo, to the prosecution for indictment for sexually assaulting three women and obstructing the business.
He added, "I will humbly accept the public's criticism that the results of the investigation are insufficient in relation to the Burning Sun case".
On July 17, SMPA held a preventive meeting at the Seodaemun-gu police offices to discuss a "Second Burning Sun Club Opening", after a KBS report detailed possible new problems of sexual harassment at a new club in the Gangnam area, opened by former employees of the Burning Sun club, just four months after it closed down.
On September 10, SMPA's Cyber Security Division referred charges of defamation and pornography for twelve participants in an investigation of media personnel which began on May 3.
A Cheong Wa Dae petition was filed, alleging that a chat group of about reporters, producers and media staffers had shared illicit video clips of incidents that had occurred at the Burning Sun, as well as information about brothels and prostitutes.
On September 29, Lee Jae-jung, a member of the National Assembly Public Administration and Security Committee released SMPA data showing that 12 of 40 police officers involved in the initial assault allegations of Kim Sang-kyo and afterwards had been disciplined, with any actions pending for key figures, such as Yoon.
Lee criticized the results as "very disappointing" and "far from the public's expectation". On January 30, prosecutors indicted nine people, without detention, for allegations of crimes related to the Burning Sun case, including: Seungri for mediating prostitution, gambling, and violation of the Foreign Exchange Transaction Act, Yoo In-seok for mediating prostitution and business embezzlement, and Yang Hyun-suk for gambling and violation of the Foreign Exchange Transaction Act.
On February 7, former police officer Kang's trial conviction and sentencing in August for police collusion in the admittance of an underage customer at the Burning Sun club was overturned by an appeals court, based on lack of evidence showing that Kang had received the money.
On April 3, four of the nine people charged with prostitution allegations received a summary judgment , with Jung Joon-young fined one million won and the Burning Sun's prior MD Kim fined two million won.
At a June 3 court hearing, Yoo admitted to all charges, including those related to prostitution and embezzlement. His charges include allegations of sex trafficing a total of twenty-four times to foreign investors from to to open the Burning Sun club.
After the conclusion of the criminal investigation and indictment in civil court, on February 4, Seungri, who had already turned 30 Korean age received a final notification for his mandatory military service by the Military Manpower Administration.
Their statement said they were "concerned a protracted trial in civilian courts" might restrict the military obligation and the case against him would be referred to a military court for trial.
How do I live after this? Kang said that the sex video investigation was seen by some people as a means to avert attention away from the larger corruption scandal with its multiple allegations, but she perceived it as a serious social issue that needed reporting on.
At the end of March , Seungri told the director of SBS's investigative program, Unanswered Questions , in a text message, that the lawyer whistleblower and journalist were responsible for all the criminal allegations against him, had not checked facts properly and had "ruined his career for their own personal gain".
Seungri was investigated for allegedly: supplying prostitutes for investors, sharing an illicit photo of a woman in Jung's chatroom, giving concert tickets to a police officer Yoon, and embezzlement of funds from the clubs Monkey Museum and the Burning Sun.
Former Gangnam police officer Kang, age 44, was arrested for allegations of brokering between the Burning Sun and other police officers,   and booked for assisting with an underage drinking incident at the Burning Sun, which co-CEO Lee Sung-hyun admitted to paying him for.
In peripheral investigations, police announced over drug related arrests on March 25, , after declaring "total war" against drug crime on February 25, due to the scandal at the Burning Sun.
Of the arrests for the use and distribution of drugs, were detained. Some of those were detained; for drug related crimes, 23 for sexual assault or rape while under the influence of drugs, and 11 for taking illegal videos during drug use.
Most were in their 20s and 30s, and about 40 percent of the crimes involved the use of the drug ecstasy.
The scandal ignited public protests early in March,  and later, after police attempts to arrest Seungri and Yoo fell through.
A May 17 press conference held by women's rights groups, in front of the SMPA, criticized the results of the three month Burning Sun investigation, conducted by some officers, as "dismal", with allegations of the club's "cozy" ties with police, and the illegal filming of women and distribution still unresolved.
The scandal added to ongoing discussions of women's issues in South Korea — gender inequality , the budding Me Too movement in South Korea , feminism , " molka ", prostitution , and the K-pop industry's attitude towards women.
The patterns of male behavior feel disturbingly familiar. The gender power dynamics — that often objectify women into sex tools — feel exhaustingly repetitive", and said the scandal was more than "misogyny and spy cameras", but a larger story of the Burning Sun nighclub's "alleged involvement in prostitution, drug trafficking and police corruption".
Between February 25 and March 15, , five major South Korean entertainment companies lost Stocks dropped for the "big three" K-pop management companies: YG Entertainment Seungri's company , Actress Park Han-byul , who married Yoo of Yuri Holdings in , first stated that she knew nothing more than his being Seungri's business partner,  but made a public apology on March 19, after it was reported that she and her husband had played golf previously with the high-ranking police offiicial under investigation for collusion with the nightclubs in the scandal.
She said she would not leave a major role in the television drama Love in Sadness ,  despite calls from some viewers for her to do so. YG Entertainment discontinued sales of merchandise featuring Seungri, and major networks and cable companies deleted episodes of programs both Seungri and Jung had appeared in.
I , whose real name is Kim Han-bin, age 23, a songwriter and leader of K-pop band iKon , quit his group after the media outlet Dispatch revealed KakaoTalk messages of him attempting to purchase LSD from a suspected drug dealer, which he admitted to.
YG Entertainment, still under scrutiny for allegations concerning their former artist Seungri and head Yang in the Burning Sun scandal, quickly ended their contract with B.
I, stating their "sense of responsibility in managing its associated artists";   and Yang resigned from the agency on June 14, amidst allegations of police collusion to cover up the case.
Seoul's EDM festivals responded that they would not hold after-parties in in Gangnam's clubs, due to the Burning Sun police investigation.
An organizer for the largest, Ultra Korea, said that due to the scandal's allegations of sex crimes involving GHB or "mulpong", and cannabis use at festivals, plans were being made to mobilize detection dogs , bag checks and X-rays for monitoring drug trafficking this year.
Gangnam's nightclubs, usually "a pilgrimage site for K-pop fans", immediately saw a tapering of Chinese tourists,  followed by a general decline of customers to nightclubs and lounge bars.
After internet users raised rumors about the possible involvement of several actresses in the scandal, Go Joon-hee , who was managed by YG Entertainment in , first objected on social media, then filed a libel suit for defamation against twelve of them, citing damages to her career,   and Han Hyo-joo filed a criminal complaint against thirty-three more.
Some scenes from a South Korean film, Quantum Physics , about a celebrity drug scandal at a nightclub, were filmed at the Burning Sun nightclub before it closed down.
Although it was not based on the real-life scandal, Director Lee Sung-tae said he reconsidered one of the film's scenes, as they were editing as it was ongoing.
A November retrospective article, written by Matthew Campbell and Sohee Kim for Bloomberg Businessweek , pointed out that the K-pop industry, in general, had ignored the scandal, with "no organized demands for better behavior from male stars or serious discussions about revamping how idols are trained.
Allegations of police misconduct and corruption in the scandal added public support to a government proposal to create an independent investigative agency, first announced by President Moon in July , and still undergoing political debate.
Proposed to "uncover wrongdoing by high-level government officials and their relatives", with the power to take over prosecutions, opponents had questioned its own potential for corruption.
K-pop fans' reactions were mixed, some called for YG Entertainment to remove Seungri from the group Big Bang for tarnishing the group's image and having used the group's celebrity to promote his business,  even waiting outside his agency's office for an explanation.
The public appeared to boycott a noodle chain called Aori Ramen between January and April , according to multiple store owners who filed a compensation lawsuit in July blaming Seungri, who had run and promoted the franchise, for falling sales.
Google Korea's most popular domestic searched terms for included Jung Joon-young ranked at number two over-all, and number one for top public figure; with Burning Sun ranked at number three for domestic news and issues.
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