K-pop sex scandal widens as third star resigns from showbusiness

15 March, 2019, 02:05 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • K-pop singer Jung Joon-young center speaks upon his arrival at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul South Korea Thursday

Yong Jun-hyung, 29, who is a member of boy band Highlight - formerly known as Beast - said he watched a video of singer Jung Joon-young having sex with women taken without their consent.

Lee Suh-yoon, a writer for the The Korea Times, a daily newspaper, also suggested that "these recurring outbursts of gender-related crimes can no longer be attributed to ethical lapses of a few select individuals, meaning it's time to point the finger at society, culture and an industry that overlooks and encourages such horrifying behaviour". "While receiving the witness interview, I saw exactly what conversations I had in the past, and I was embarrassed and could not help but feel horrified", he wrote, but claimed that his relationship with Jung was limited to "greeting each other once in awhile".

In an Instagram post on Monday (Mar 11), Seungri of boyband BigBang said: "This scandal is too big, I have chose to retire". Jung Joon-young confessed that he shared the footage in 2015-16.

Seungri's announcement comes around the same time news outlet SBS funE reported that the singer was part of a chat group where videos of women engaging in sexual acts were shared.

On March 11, BIGBANG vocalist Seungri announced his retirement from the music industry following separate accusations that he solicited prostitutes for business partners in exchange for investments.

He has denied the allegations.

"I will reveal all suspicions that have been sincerely investigated in the matter under investigation", Seungri said in a statement.

"I have never met Seungri and do not know him. I can not tolerate myself to live alone and to avoid everyone around me".

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

According to the letter dated March 12, Jung also said investigations wee slated to begin on March 14. "I treated it as not a big deal without thinking that it is a crime and illegal act, and it is also my fault for not firmly restraining [Jung Joon Young]".

Jung's management company, Makeus Entertainment, confirmed the star has since been dropped from the label.

He was arrested and booked by police in South Korea on Tuesday, according to JustJared.

The root of the scandal dates back to November a year ago, when Burning Sung club-goer Kim Sang-kyo, 28, alleged collusion between police and Burning Sun, claiming he was assaulted by police officers.

The scandals have highlighted a dark side of South Korea's booming yet ultra-competitive entertainment industry. "Moreover, he will take full responsibility and leave Highlight as of March 14, 2019 in order to avoid tarnishing the group's image and causing secondary damages".

In a statement FNC Entertainment said that the singer would be leaving the band FT Island in the wake of the allegations, Reuters reported.

Jung, 30, was questioned by police on Thursday over the videos, while Seungri - a member of boy band BIGBANG with a range of business interests - was also interviewed for allegedly providing prostitutes to his potential investors. The singer is one of a number of high-profile names who have been roped into the sex video scandal.


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