Okay-Pop Stars Are Retiring Amid Major Sex Crimes Sting

At least two Okay-pop stars have retired from music, efficient instantly, following an ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct on the common Seoul nightclub, Burning Sun. On Monday, Seungri (Lee Seung-hyun), the youngest member of boy band Big Bang, introduced that he’d give up the group and retired from the music enterprise fully after police charged him with allegedly operating a prostitution ring on the membership, the place he was a board member and the place he oversaw publicity; he might withstand three years in jail. “At this level, I feel it could be finest if I retire from the leisure trade,” he wrote on Instagram (translation by Soompi). “I made a decision on retiring from the leisure trade as the problems that I prompted a societal disturbance with are too main. Regarding the problems which can be being investigated, I will likely be investigated diligently and reveal all of the suspicions.”

An investigation into Burning Sun was first launched in January amid allegations that the membership was drugging folks and supplying them to prospects to be sexually assaulted. In February, texts from a bunch chat between Seungri and others implicated within the case (together with Korean actress Park Han-Byul’s husband) had been uncovered the place they mentioned supplying prostitutes to bribe potential membership traders and circulated hidden digital camera footage of ladies in sexual conditions. Over the weekend, police raided the membership and Seungri was subsequently charged.

One of the lads named in these texts is fellow Korean star Jung Joon-young, who was introduced in for questioning on Tuesday on suspicion of violating sexual-violence legal guidelines associated to the nonconsensual filming and sharing of sexual acts. On Wednesday, the singer and TV-personality confessed to filming girls with out their consent and sharing the movies in on-line group chats. “I admit to all my crimes,” he stated in a statement. “I kneel and apologize to the ladies who seem within the movies.” He went to on say he's suspending all exercise throughout the leisure trade, will cooperate with the investigation, and “settle for punishment for my actions.” (In 2016, Jung Joon-young’s ex-girlfriend additionally accused him of filming her with out her consent.)

According to Korea’s Herald, Jung Joon-young and different unnamed suspects had been booked for illegally filming and spreading movies of a sexual nature. Both he and Seungri have been banned from leaving the nation. Police say proof of Jung Joon-young’s crimes turned up of their investigation into Seungri and that the instances are “associated and never associated.” Jung Joon-young might withstand 5 years in jail.