Pop's Seungri Retires Amid Charges of Supplying Prostitutes

27 2019 shows Seungri a member of popular K-pop boy group Big Bang arriving for questioning over criminal allegations at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul. — AFP pic

Seungri, a member of Korean boy group Big Bang, took to social media to announce his retirement from the entertainment industry. In the messages, it was implied that Club Arena were hiring prostitutes in a bid to lobby investors.

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". In a statement he apologised to his fans, and promised to "sincerely participate in investigations into all allegations", reported BBC.

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.

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.

Once known as "the Great Gatsby of Korea" for his lavish lifestyle, Seungri is now expected to face imprisonment, if proved guilty, as prostitution is illegal in South Korea.

This is Seungri. At this point, I think it would be for the best if I retire from the entertainment industry.

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How has South Korea reacted?

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Big Bang's Seungri announces he's leaving the Kpop industry after 10 years. "As I've been branded as a 'national traitor, ' I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake".

"I'm so embarrassed at myself for being your fan for the last 10 years", a user responded to Seungri's Instagram post.

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

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Seungri was due to enrol on 25 March but could ask for a deferment while he addresses the allegations. On Friday, the agency said the singer would join the army this month to fulfill his military duties.

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