Seung-ri, one-fifth of the K-Pop collective BIGBANG, has officially quit the entertainment industry after being charged under suspicion of supplying sex workers through his Seoul nightclub.
As reported by Billboard, 28-year-old Seung-ri (aka. Lee Seung Hyun) has been identified by authorities as a major suspect for supplying sex workers to potential investors and business partners for his club, Club Arena in the Gangnam region.
The police raid of the club was conducted as part of a larger investigation, targeting illegal activity happening in Seoul’s club scene, including breaches of South Korea‘s strict anti-prostitution laws.
Seung-ri posted on his Instagram on Monday, confirming that he is leaving the entertainment industry to protect the rest of his chart-topping boy band, BIGBANG, and their management team, YG Entertainment.
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승리입니다 제가 이시점에서 연예계를 은퇴를하는것이 좋을거같습니다. 사회적 물의를 일으킨 사안이 너무나 커 연예계 은퇴를 결심했습니다 수사중인 사안에 있어서는 성실하게 조사를 받아 쌓인 모든 의혹을 밝히도록 하겠습니다. 지난 한달반동안 국민들로부터 질타받고 미움받고 지금 국내 모든 수사기관들이 저를 조사하고 있는 상황에서 국민역적 으로까지 몰리는 상황인데 저 하나 살자고 주변 모두에게 피해주는일은 도저히 제스스로가 용납이 안됩니다 지난 10여 년간 많은 사랑을 베풀어준 국내외 많은 팬분들께 모든 진심을 다해 감사드리며 와이지와 빅뱅 명예를 위해서라도 저는 여기까지인거같습니다 다시한번 죄송하고 또 죄송합니다 그동안 모든분들께 감사했습니다
The post, as translated by Soompi, Seung-ri says that he will go through the investigation diligently, and “reveal all the suspicions.” He also hits back at those that have been criticising and sending him hatred, while his name has been attached to the allegations.
This is Seungri.
At this point, I think it would be best if I retire from the entertainment industry. I decided on retiring from the entertainment industry as the issues that I caused a societal disturbance with are too major. Regarding the issues that are being investigated, I will be investigated diligently and reveal all the suspicions.
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 currently investigating me, I am even being cornered as a traitor of the nation. I personally cannot tolerate causing harm to everyone around me in order to save myself.
I sincerely thank all of the fans in and outside of Korea who have given me lots of love for the past 10 years, and I think this is where I stop even if it’s at least [to protect] the honor of YG and BIGBANG.
Again, I am sorry and apologize once again.
I have been thankful to everyone until now.
If found guilty of supplying sex workers, Seung-ri faces up to three years in jail, which could be an issue for his recently-announced temporary leave from BIGBANG to complete his mandatory military service from March 25.Source: Billboard
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