Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Pop Big Bang singer Seungri named in sex probe

Pop Big Bang singer Seungri named in sex probe

Seungri has denied the allegations, but if he's convicted he could face up to three years in prison. "I will cooperate (with the) ongoing investigation and clarify every suspicion", he wrote on Instagram.

On Monday, Seungri (born Lee Seung-hyun) posted a message on his personal Instagram account, expressing his intent to retire.

This is Seungri. At this point, I think it would be for the best if I retire from the entertainment industry.

The singer, who also owns a global franchise restaurant business, suspended his entertainment career in February and canceled concerts scheduled for later this month.

While getting criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half, and with all the agencies in the country now investigating me, I am even being considered a traitor of Korea. I personally can not tolerate causing harm to everyone around me in order to save myself.

If you don't know, he is one part of the boy band BIGBANG.

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Many fans have already turned their backs on him and signed a petition last week urging Seungri's expulsion from BIGBANG, saying he had caused "unrecoverable damage to the group's reputation".

Band leader G-Dragon was also investigated for smoking marijuana in 2011, although he was released without indictment.

"I would like to sincerely thank all of the fans both in and out of Korea who have shown me love for the past ten years".

I would like to apologize one more time.

On March 10, the Special Crime Squad of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked the idol and took him in for questioning regarding his alleged involvement in arranging sexual escorts for foreign investors of nightclubs with which he was associated.

Seungri was due to enrol on 25 March but could ask for a deferment while he addresses the allegations.

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