K-pop star Seungri (Lee Seunghyun) of quintet BIGBANG has announced his retirement from the entertainment industry after being booked by Seoul police as a suspect in relation to allegations of the singer supplying prostitution services. The 28-year-old took to Instagram on Monday (March 11) to announce his decision.
“At this point, I think it would be best if I retire from the entertainment industry,” he wrote, translated via Soompi. “I decided on retiring from the entertainment industry as the issues that I caused a societal disturbance with are too major. Regarding the issues that are being investigated, I will be investigated diligently and reveal all the suspicions.”
At the end of January, allegations arose regarding a Seoul club that the star managed reportedly condoning sexual assault and supplying drugged sexual partners to customers. According to Variety, the case picked up again following the emergence of text messages at the end of February. Dating back several years, they allegedly showed that Seungri and several others had discussed supplying prostitutes to potential investors for the club and other business interests of the BIGBANG member. The situation resulted in a widespread investigation into illegal activities taking place in Seoul's club scene, the Korea Herald reported.