Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid controversy

Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid controversy

Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid controversy

Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, denied procuring prostitutes last month when a media outlet reported that he had been involved in "sex bribery".

BIGBANG's Seungri has officially been booked and questioned by police on charges of violating South Korea's Acts on Pimping and Prostitution and its Punishments.

Seungri of BIGBANG has announced his retirement from the entertainment industry. The police are questioning at least three other people implicated in the Kakaotalk conversations in which it is alleged Seungri also participated.

Shares in the Seungri's talent agency, YG Entertainment Inc, fell 15.6% on Monday, the day his retirement was announced, reaching their lowest level since November 2018.

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.

He promised to cooperate with the investigation, which the outlet reports stems from a police raid done on at the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul where the 28-year-old acts as public relations director.

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While getting criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half, and with all the agencies in the country now investigating me, I am even being considered a traitor of Korea.

"As I've been branded as a "national traitor", I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake", he added. Many fans were left shocked after the news surfaced but some had called for him to leave Big Bang as the scandal snowballed.

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

I would like to sincerely thank all the fans in Korea and around the world who have given me lots of love for the past 10 years.

Seungri is expected to enter South Korea's mandatory military service on March 25 as an active duty soldier, ABS-CBN reported.

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