Retired K-Pop Star Formally Charged with Gambling and Prostitution Offences
by Glenn Baird - January 31, 2020
He was in one of the biggest boybands on the planet and a household name in South Korea. Now, former Big Bang singer, Seungri could face jail time as the biggest scandal in K-Pop’s relatively short history nears its conclusion.
The charges faced by the 29-year-old include alleged organisation of prostitution, persistent gambling and the trade of illegal foreign currencies. Whilst some forms of gambling are legal in South Korea, all casino based gambling is strictly prohibited and can result in prison sentences of up to 3 years.
The charges come off the back of the Burning Sun scandal, named after a popular hotel in the capital city Seoul where allegations of sexual abuse rocked the glisteningly clean world of K-Pop.
Seungri quit Big Band last year after it came to light that he would be under investigation relating to the Burning Sun Scandal. At the time he wrote the following in an Instagram post:
“I just cannot bear causing any further damage to people around me, while being hated and criticized by the public and being treated as a nation’s enemy during the investigation,”
Last November two other K-Pop stars, Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon were found guilty of conspiring in sexual assault. Jung was also found guilty of recording women in compromising sexual situations and sharing the footage with members of a chat group. Jung was sentenced to six years in jail, while Choi was sentenced to five years.