[BREAKING] Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid Burning Sun scandal

Lewis Collier
March 13, 2019

Singer Seungri of South Korean boy band Big Bang has been accused of "sexual bribery" at a night club he controls.

This, amid the police investigation over allegations that he solicited prostitutes for foreign men investing in his business back in 2015.

Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, is a 28-year-old mogul and singer in South Korea's popular K-pop scene.

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

The police have also been investigating Burning Sun, a nightclub where he was a public relations director, over suspicions about illegal narcotics use, sexual assaults and corrupt deals with police officials at the club. Reports also suggest that Seungri used to operate through various nightclubs in Seoul's Gangnam district and even attempted to introduce escorts to foreigners to encourage them to invest in his business ventures.

The club closed down earlier this month. Many fans were left shocked after the news surfaced but some had called for him to leave Big Bang as the scandal snowballed.

As the allegations grew, Seungri suspended his entertainment career in late February and canceled concerts originally set for mid-March.

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How has South Korea reacted?

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"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", the star wrote in his Instagram post (via BBC).

Big Bang's Seungri announces he's leaving the Kpop industry after 10 years. I personally can not tolerate causing harm to everyone around me in order to save myself.

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

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