Pop Star Seungri Quits Amid Prostitution Scandal

Pop Star Seungri Quits Amid Prostitution Scandal

Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, wrote on his Instagram account that he had chose to quit the pop industry. "I will cooperate (with the) ongoing investigation and clarify every suspicion", he wrote on Instagram.

His agency, YG Entertainment, said on Monday that it was aware the 28-year-old singer had been charged, but it did not have any new comment.

He faced police questioning at the weekend.

"We booked Seungri and changed his status to that of a suspect in order to issue a search and seizure warrant and clear [Seungri] of the suspicions", a police spokesman said at a press conference.

The five-member group, which has won a huge global following since it was formed in 2006, is taking a break after abruptly cancelling concerts scheduled for later this month.

Receiving criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half and with the situation of all the investigative agencies in the country now investigating me, I am even being cornered as a traitor of the nation.

Seungri has been linked at the management level to the Burning Sun nightclub, which was the site of alleged sex abuse.

Back in 2017, Big Bang member T.O.P. was at the center of his own scandal after police found him guilty of using marijuana, which is illegal in South Korea.

The rep continued, "Seungri has been having a hard time at how he has been causing harm to the people around him". "As I've been branded as a 'national traitor, ' I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake".

Again, I am sorry and would like to apologize once again.

Band leader G-Dragon was also investigated for smoking marijuana in 2011, although he was released without indictment.

Seungri is starting his two-year mandatory military service from March 25, according to Yonhap.

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