Two more K-pop stars embroiled in sex video scandal

Carla Harmon
March 15, 2019

A second Korean pop star has been swept up in the ongoing scandal involving the goings on at a nightclub in Seoul that's already led to one famous star bowing out of the entertainment industry indefinitely.

In addition to admitting to using date rape drugs in the past, Jung Joon-young said he uploaded video footage he took to a private chatroom on multiple occasions.

Meanwhile, the case is expected to grow bigger following a local broadcaster's report concerning alleged collusion between Jung and the police in 2016, when Jung was accused of secretly taking intimate photos of his ex-girlfriend without her consent.

The allegations against the boyish stars who epitomize an industry that has put South Korean pop culture on the global stage has triggered a blame game with accusations the business has neglected young stars' morality in the lust for fame and fortune. "I will faithfully cooperate with an investigation by police that will start on Thursday and I will readily accept whatever punishment is in store for me", the publication quoted Jung Joon-young as saying. "However, although I knew of what was happening during that time, I thought of it as not a big deal and acted at ease". "I'll faithfully undergo an investigation and give honest answers" to police questioning.

K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrives for questioning at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul
K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrives for questioning at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul

According to a translation by the BBC, Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, also wrote: "I have faced heavy criticism from the public for the last month and-a-half and I'm being probed by all investigative authorities in the country".

Jung also reportedly shared photographs and videos of women who were unconscious, and also footage of body parts of waitresses in hostess bars.

Lee said on Monday he was leaving the entertainment industry to fight the accusations. Police said there were several Kakao Talk chatrooms involved but didn't elaborate.

Forbes magazine reported in June 2016 the band took home $US44 million ($A62 million) in pre-tax earnings in the previous year, more than the $US 33.5 million collected by then the highest-paid American all-male arena pop group, Maroon 5.

Many K-pop stars are recruited by talent agencies as teenagers, some when they're elementary school students, and they often sleep, eat and train together before making a debut.

Citing Korean news outlet YTN, Soompi reported that information on the alleged prostitution activities was leaked after a celebrity, who received messages from Seungri, sent his phone for repairs.

South Korea has been fighting an epidemic of "spy cam porn" in recent years.

"I will reveal all suspicions that have been sincerely investigated in the matter under investigation", Seungri said in a statement.

South Korean singer Seungri, a member of K-Pop boy band Big Bang, arrives at the Seoul Police Station.

It is unclear if the charges will have any effect on Seungri's upcoming military enlistment, which is scheduled to begin on Mar 25.

"Following Seungri's announcement that he will retire, YG made a decision to accept his request to end the exclusive contract".

Its stock fell 1.59 per cent on Thursday.

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