Burning Sun Scandal: A Timeline of Allegations, Arrests and Involvement of Several K-Pop Stars [Updated]

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Seungri of Big Bang attends a news conference after Chinese internet giant Tencent and Sony Music Entertainment signing distribution partnership on Jan. 31, 2018 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 

Lee Seung-hyun, known widely as Seungri, was the youngest member of one of K-pop’s most influential boy bands, BIGBANG. Nicknamed “Korea’s Great Gatsby,” he flaunted an extravagant lifestyle. As a businessman, he took on leadership roles in various enterprises ranging from sublabel YGX to a ramen shop to a club called Burning Sun.

The club sets the scene for one of the most complex scandals to hit Korea, one that goes beyond the K-pop world. A few of the industry’s biggest names are involved, but the allegations span sexual assault, prostitution, drug distribution, hidden camera footage, tax evasion and police corruption.

Seungri retired from BIGBANG earlier this month following his booking by Seoul police and charges pertaining to prostitution. The scandal has already implicated singer Jung Joon-young and FTISLAND’s Choi Jonghoon. To a lesser degree, CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun and Highlight’s Yong Junhyung have also been tied to the controversy.

A bulk of the evidence stems from leaked chatrooms from Korean app KakaoTalk. A technician reportedly discovered multiple chats on Jung Joon-young’s phone after the singer sent it in for repairs. But the scandal revolves around a core chat that involved eight members: Seungri, Jung, Choi Jonghoon, Yoo In Suk, Burning Sun employee named Mr. Kim, a relative of a girl group member, a former YG Entertainment employee and a friend of Jung.

These developments have become national news on such a large scale that even South Korean President Moon Jae-in commented on them, stating that "If the truth is not revealed, we cannot say it's a just society."

The crimes echo larger issues facing Korea, such as the country’s ongoing spy cam epidemic. As TRT World’s Joseph Kim put it, “The core of the issue seems to remain in the ongoing abuse of power and the systems that permit it all.”

The story is still developing, but Billboard pieced together all of the major developments related to Burning Sun.

Sept. 23, 2016: In a case that precedes the Burning Sun scandal, Sports Seoul reported that singer Jung Joon-young was investigated by police after being accused of secretly filming a sex act. C9 Entertainment, his agency at the time, released a statement claiming that the charges were canceled, dismissing the situation as a “small misunderstanding.”

Oct. 6, 2016: Jung Joon-young was acquitted in the hidden camera case after a police investigation.

Jan. 28, 2019: This is the starting point of the ongoing news cycle around the current scandal. MBC’s News Desk reported on claims that a man known as “Mr. Kim,” later named Kim Sang-kyo by the Korea Herald, was attacked at Burning Sun, a club where Seungri was on staff as the publicity director.  

Jan. 29: Burning Sun released a statement following the news of the assault. The management accused Mr. Kim of attempting to harass women. They also denied that Seungri had been at the club at the time of the incident.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Department released a statement saying that they will investigate the matter.

Jan. 31: YG Entertainment founder Yang Hyun Suk issued a statement distancing the company from the controversies surrounding Seungri. The label head said, “our artists’ operations of their personal businesses are completely unrelated to YG.” He also claimed that Seungri only resigned as director of the club due to his upcoming military enlistment (which is compulsory for men in Korea).

Feb. 2: Dispatch revealed alleged chats among Burning Sun employees that revolved around discussion of date rape. (Reddit has a fan translation here.)

Seungri posted a letter of apology on Instagram for the Burning Sun controversies. He claimed to have a low level of involvement with the club’s management. As he tells it, he initially joined the club as a DJ, then was promoted to publicity director.

Feb. 4: Burning Sun CEO Lee Moon Ho officially apologized to Seungri and revealed that he fired the club’s director, Jang, who assaulted Mr. Kim. It was also announced that Burning Sun would be shuttered.

Feb. 13: Reports claimed that a woman nicknamed “Anna” was suspected of dealing drugs at Burning Sun. Her selfie with Seungri began to circulate online, prompting the singer to claim he thought he was posing for a photo with a fan.

Feb. 16: Seungri spoke about the Burning Sun controversy at his concert in Seoul, promising to “act more carefully.”

Feb. 26: Korean outlet SBS funE reported on a KakaoTalk group chat from December 2015 where Seungri allegedly planned to bribe investors with prostitutes. The chat reportedly included Singer C, later revealed to be FTISLAND’s Choi Jonghoon, Yuri Holdings CEO Yoo In Suk and an anonymous Burning Sun employee. Seungri reportedly directed the employee to find prostitutes.

The Seoul Police Department launched an investigation into the prostitution claims.

Yuri Holdings denied claims they sought prostitutes to bribe investors.

YG Entertainment -- the “Big 3” K-pop company where Seungri was signed -- released a statement claiming the chatroom messages were “fabricated.” SBS funE’s Kang Kyung-yoon, who reported the story, responded that there would be no reason for her to fabricate the texts.

YG Entertainment’s stock prices fell 4.95 percent in the wake of the controversies.

Feb. 27: Seungri arrived at the police station for questioning and remained there for about eight hours and 30 minutes.

Feb. 28: Seungri canceled all of his upcoming gigs, including his concerts in Osaka and Jakarta.

News outlet Chosun.com reported that trucks from a document-shredding service arrived at YG Entertainment. A YG employee claimed that the shredding process was merely a quarterly routine, and YG founder Yang Hyun Suk later refuted Chosun.com’s report on Instagram.

March 4: The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said they hadn’t received records of the Burning Sun group chat from the SBS funE reporter. In response, the news broadcaster reported that the whistleblower who discovered the chat bypassed the police. The chat reportedly suggested the members had strong ties to the police force, which then brought police corruption into the multi-pronged scandal. The whistleblower’s lawyer sent the messages to the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission on Feb. 22. Afterward, the chat was sent to SBS funE.  

March 6: Kukinews reported that YG founder Yang Hyun Suk and his brother, Yang Min Suk, owned a club called Love Signal. The club was reportedly under suspicion of tax evasion.

March 7: MBC challenged Seungri’s Feb. 2 statement claiming that he was not involved in Burning Sun’s management from the start. The broadcaster dug up documents that suggest he had a big stake in the club’s founding and invested 225 million won (or $198,600) in it. Meanwhile, Yuri Holdings -- where the singer was co-CEO -- owned 20 percent of Burning Sun’s shares.

A YG rep stated that Seungri would enlist in the military on March 25.

March 10: Seungri was booked on charges of supplying prostitutes, and he became a suspect in the case. Three to four more members of the chat were booked.

March 11: SBS funE reported two more singers were in the chatroom. The chatroom members were allegedly sharing hidden camera videos of sexual acts.

SBS’s 8 O’Clock News reported that singer Jung Joon-young shared hidden camera footage in chatrooms with celebrities, with his conversations reportedly dating back to 2015. Ten women were reported to be victims of the non-consensual filming.

Seungri announced his retirement from the entertainment industry on Instagram.

Highlight’s Yong Junhyung and his label Around Us Entertainment denied rumors that he was part of the chatroom.

March 12: Jung Joon-young was booked on charges of illegal hidden camera filming. He was removed from the casts of several TV shows, including 2 Days & 1 Night, Salty Tour and 4 Wheeled Restaurant.

SBS funE reported on more snippets of the chatroom that showed the members knew they were involved in illegal activities.

SBS funE’s Kang Kyung-yoon sat down for an interview that traced how her investigation into the hidden camera chatrooms started. Additionally, she denied the involvement of FTISLAND’s Lee Hongki as well as rumors that female celebrities were victims.

FNC Entertainment denied the involvement of CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun and FTISLAND’s Choi Jonghoon.

March 13: Jung Joon-young penned a letter of apology where he confessed his crimes and announced his retirement from the entertainment industry.

“I admit to all my crimes,” he wrote, according to a translation by Soompi. “I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a social media chatroom.”

The lawyer who acted on behalf of the whistleblower told a CBS Radio show that the chatroom suggested ties to the police. A press conference held by the Commissioner General of the Korean National Police Agency confirmed that a chatroom member referenced a police connection.

SBS’s 8 O’Clock News also reported that police corruption let Jung Joon-young off the hook for his illegal filming charges in 2016. An officer allegedly requested the forensics team to claim they couldn’t restore the singer’s phone, which was key evidence.

Although FTISLAND’s Choi Jonghoon admitted to drunk driving in 2016, 8 O’Clock News revealed the chat’s discussions about the guitarist paying for a cover-up of the incident.

MAKEUS Entertainment terminated Jung Joon-young’s contract, while YG Entertainment terminated Seungri’s contract.

March 14: Jung was brought into the police station for questioning, which lasted for 21 hours. He also handed in his phones.

The Commissioner General of the Korean National Police Agency stated they would conduct an internal investigation into police corruption. He also revealed plans for a nationwide investigation into drugs, sexual assault, hidden cameras and corruption.

Yong Junhyung announced his departure from Highlight. He was not part of the main chatroom, but he had knowledge of Jung’s illegal camera footage.

FNC Entertainment announced that Choi Jonghoon left FTISLAND and retired from the entertainment industry.

8 O’Clock News reported on a lewd one-on-one chat between Jung Joon-young and CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun. Lee was not part of the main chatroom.

Sisa Journal reported on a different batch of messages that show Seungri allegedly providing escort services to a business partner.

March 15: Yoo In Suk resigned as CEO of Yuri Holdings.

Seungri completed a second round of questioning.

Additional allegations swirled around the BIGBANG singer: Channel A’s News A reported on a tip received by police that Seungri allegedly sent Korean women to Japan for escort services, an accusation his camp reportedly denied. The outlet also reported that he is suspected of tax evasion.

Dispatch reported that the Seoul Metropolitan Investigation Team raided the homes of Jung Joon-young and Burning Sun’s Mr. Kim -- a member of the 8-person group chat who is different person from the man who was assaulted -- to conduct a search and seizure.

Former FTISLAND member Choi Jonghoon was booked on charges of sharing illegal photos.

MBN revealed more details about the eight members of the Burning Sun chatroom: Seungri, Jung Joon-young, Choi Jonghoon, Yoo In Suk, club employee Mr. Kim, a relative of a girl group member, a former YG employee and a friend of Jung.

March 16: Superintendent “Yoon,” who is suspected of police corruption, admitted that he was acquainted with Yuri Holdings’ Yoo In Suk, one of the members of the chatroom. The superintendent was later booked by the police.

Netizens resurfaced old video clips of CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun allegedly harassing girl group members, along with other accusations. FNC Entertainment denied the claims against Lee. (As of March 23, the CNBLUE member remains at FNC.)

A Dispatch article showed that Jung Joon-young was allegedly involved in foreign prostitution rings. KBS1’s KBS News 9 also reported that he received prostitutes from Yuri Holdings’ Yoo In Suk.

MBN reported that Jung Joon-young had also been part of a separate 2018 investigation into hidden camera footage.

March 17: In an interview with the Kyunghyang Shinmun, Burning Sun CEO Lee Moon Ho, who was not in the main chatroom, brushed off the controversy. “If Seungri’s KakaoTalk messages from three years ago are a crime, aren’t all Korean men criminals?” he said, according to Soompi’s translation. “They were just joking, and it’s not like actual prostitution took place.”

March 18: The Burning Sun case reached a new level of national urgency when South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered a thorough probe of three cases focused on Burning Sun, late actress Jang Jayeon and former Vice Minister of Ministry of Justice Kim Hak Eui.

The investigation into Jang Jayeon’s sexual abuse case was extended for another two months. The actress died by suicide in 2009, leaving behind a note condemning at least 30 figures tied to the entertainment industry. A Blue House petition seeking to extend the investigation reached 687,767 signatures. Although Jang’s case is not directly related to Burning Sun, the latter prompted increased calls to reinvestigate sexual abuse cases.

After Seungri requested to postpone his military enlistment, Korea’s Military Manpower Administration announced plans to amend the law to prevent people from enlisting to escape “from reality.”

Jung Joon-young completed a second round of questioning.

SBS’s 8 O’Clock News revealed their older phone interview with Choi Jonghoon, in which the former FTISLAND member talked about his ties to Superintendent Yoon, who is suspected of covering up criminal activity.

TV Chosun reported that Seungri is suspected of deleting evidence of police ties on Instagram.

By this point, 40 people have been booked on charges of drug use and distribution. 14 of the suspects were Burning Sun employees.

March 19: The police requested arrest warrants for Jung Joon-young, Burning Sun employee Mr. Kim and Burning Sun director Mr. Jang.

Sisa Journal published an interview with Seungri where he denies allegations of prostitution and gambling.

MBC’s Newsdesk reported that a minor entered Burning Sun in July 2018, and that Burning Sun CEO Lee Sung Hyun paid an officer named Kang to cover up the situation. Additionally, Seungri was accused of knowing about the incident.

SBS’s 8 O’Clock News reported on suspicions of business violations at Seungri’s other club, Monkey Museum.

Traces of BIGBANG and YG Entertainment have been removed from Seungri’s Naver profile. Naver, one of Korea’s biggest search engines, is the second-largest shareholder in YG after investing 100 million won ($88.5 million at the time) in the company in 2017.

TV Chosun reported that police received testimony from a source at Burning Sun that Seungri took drugs. The former BIGBANG member denied these allegations, and a drug test from Feb. 27 came back negative.

An arrest warrant for Burning Sun CEO Lee Moon Ho was rejected.

March 20: Seungri’s military enlistment was postponed.

Korea’s National Tax Service launched a special investigation into YG Entertainment over suspicions of tax evasion.

SBS’s 8 O’Clock News questioned the veracity of Yoo In Suk’s written apology.

March 21: The court announced that Jung Joon-young's arrest. It was revealed that he stands accused of destruction of evidence for resetting one of his three phones, among other charges. He admitted to all charges earlier in the day, and he could receive a sentence of up to seven years and six months.

Choi Jonghoon was booked for bribing an officer. FNC Entertainment terminated his contract.

Seungri’s lawyer denied allegations of his cocaine use.

March 22: Yang Min Suk retained his position as CEO of YG Entertainment after facing a no-confidence vote among shareholders. YG’s market value fell 25.47 percent between Feb. 25 and March 21.

MBC’s Newsdesk reported that another Burning Sun staffer illegally filmed a sexual assault.

Former officer Kang was forwarded to prosecution on charges of accepting bribes in relation to Burning Sun.

March 23: Chosun Ilbo published a wide-ranging interview with Seungri that covered topics such as his alleged involvement in police corruption, drug allegations and tax evasion.

“I have acted in a way that is unsuitable for a public figure,” he said. “I became tied to wrongful businesses.”

He insisted that he was merely the face of Burning Sun without any further involvement in the management. (A more extensive fan translation was posted on Reddit.)

March 24: Chief Superintendent Kim, the wife of police Senior Superintendent Yoon, admitted that she received several hundred dollars worth of concert tickets from Choi.

March 25: Chosun Ilbo reported that National Tax Service of South Korea previously announced on March 22 that it was undergoing probe into 21 nightclubs throughout the country on suspicions of tax evasion.

March 26: Arena’s owner, known by his surname Kang, was arrested on charges of tax evasion. The Korea Herald reported that the Seoul Central District Court issued the warrant for Kang's arrest over suspicions that he underreported sales at the club and inflated salaries of employees from 2014 to 2017 as a way to avoid paying taxes. A second man, known by the surname Lim, was also arrested after being identified by Kang for serving as what the Korea Herald described as a “puppet head of the club.” Kang is suspected of having owned and operated several clubs this way.

March 28: Seungri booked by police for distributing secretly obtained obscene photography with group chat. He had previously been booked on charges related to allegations of his brokering sexual services for business partners. He also admitted to spreading illegal footage, but not filming it.

MBC's Newsdesk reported there were 14 people involved in the chatroom, and suggested other celebrities were involved who had appeared with Jung on a television show.  

March 29: The Ilyo Shinmun reported that police obtained testimony from a close acquaintance of Seungri in two sessions on March 25 and 28. The person testified that prostitution took place at Seungri's 2017 birthday party, and also at Club Arena. The acquaintance was reportedly in charge of coordinating and managing the women suspected of prostitution at Seungri's birthday in the Philippines. They were each allegedly paid 4 million won (around $3,400 USD) for overseas trips and an additional 2 million won (around $1,700 USD) for work performed at Korean clubs.

Jung transferred to custody of prosecution as police recommended the 30-year-old be indicted on charges of secretly filming and sharing sexual videos.

Yonhap reported that YG Entertainment affiliate YG Plus removed items from its online store featuring Seungri, and erased some images of the star from items that feature BIGBANG.

April 1: Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) reportedly confirmed some allegations that Seungri arranged prostitution services to men. The police obtained statements from people involved in the allegations, including several women allegedly hired to perform sexual acts.

Choi booked on sexual assault charges under suspicion of filming a video without consent of himself having sex with a partner and sharing it along with five other illegal pornographic videos.

April 2: Singer Roy Kim named as one of the previously unidentified participants in KakaoTalk group chat with Jung, Choi and others. He was summoned by the police for questioning but was in the U.S. where he studies at Georgetown. His label, Stone Music Entertainment, said he would return to Korea and participate in the “necessary questioning.”

It was reported that Jeong Jinwoon of 2AM, Kangin of Super Junior, and model Lee Chulwoo were the three other celebrities involved. All three had been on a television show with Jung in the past.

Yong enlisted in South Korea’s military to fulfill the country’s mandatory draft service.

April 3: The agencies of Lee Chulwoo and Kangin issued statements clarifying that the men had only participated in a different, temporary chatroom with Jung related to a television show, 2016’s Hitmaker, that they had all appeared on in the past but has since been deleted. Meanwhile, Jeong’s agency was reportedly unable to respond on behalf of the star as he is currently fulfilling his mandatory service in South Korea’s military. Reports state that the police said there were no plans to question the trio.  

April 4: Roy Kim was booked by the Seoul Metropolitan police and charged with sharing obscene photos.

That same day, MBC’s Newsdesk reported that singer Eddy Kim was one of the previously unidentified participants in the chatroom. He, Roy Kim, and Jung Joon-young all appeared together on the fourth season of South Korean talent series Superstar K, which aired in 2012; Roy Kim was the winner of that season.

South Korean police confirmed that they were seeking aid from Chinese authorities regarding the alleged illegal activities of a Taiwanese businesswoman in relation to Burning Sun and the ongoing investigation. Yonhap’s reporting used no names, but she has been alternatively known in English-language media as both “Anna” or “Madam Lin.”

SMPA confirms that Choi admitted he tried to bribe police to cover up past drunk driving incident.  

April 5: Eddy Kim booked on charges of spreading illegally taken photos. 

April 6: Hwang Ha-na, granddaughter of Namyang Dairy products' founder Hong Du-yeong and known for being the former fiancee of singer-actor Park Yoochun, was arrested for suspected drug dealing and usage. Though she was arrested regarding recent usage, she allegedly did drugs with an employee from Burning Sun in 2015, tying her to the case.  

April 7: Yonhap News TV confirmed that Seungri’s role in Burning Sun was larger than was previously thought to be, refuting his prior claims posted to Instagram of his relative small role in the club’s management. Yuri Holdings, which was established by Seungri and Yoo, reportedly owned 40% of the total Burning Sun shares of acquisition stock after the club was capitalized previously at 50 million won (around $44,000). Yuri Holdings currently holds less, as half of the shares were allegedly given to Lin. According to the report, it is said that 20% was always planned to be given to Lin, but due to issues related to her being a foreign business partner, there were delays and the shares were later split.   

The Korea Herald reported that police were investigating celebrities in relation to Hwang’s case after she said her drug usage was recommended by a celebrity acquaintance.

April 8: The Korea Herald reported that police summoned female guests who attended Seungri's birthday party held in December 2017, in Palawan, the Philippines, to determine whether their expenses were covered in return for sexual services.

April 9: Roy Kim returned to South Korea from the U.S., where he was studying at Georgetown. Students at the Washington D.C.-area college reportedly began a petition to get the star suspended or potentially expelled, “due to the disgusting and illegal nature of these allegations.” Upon reaching out for a statement, Georgetown’s media relations team told Billboard that, “Georgetown refrains from commenting on individual students in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).” The representative then offered this statement: “Georgetown is committed to making sure that reported cases of sexual misconduct are investigated and responded to promptly and thoroughly. We take this work extremely seriously and are committed to evaluating each case sensitively and fairly. We have processes and resources in place to support survivors, conduct equitable investigations, and hold accountable those found in violation of our policies.”

Two police officers were questioned in regards to allegations that a 2015 investigation into Hwang’s drug usage was dropped without her ever being called for questioning.

April 10: Seungri and Yoo booked on suspicions of embezzling funds from Burning Sun along with Choi Tae-young, the CEO of Junwon Industries. Junwon is a shareholder of Burning Sun Entertainment and previously managed the Le Méridien Seoul hotel, where Burning Sun was located.  

Roy Kim questioned by police.

Park denied Hwang’s claims he was the celebrity who coaxed her into using illegal drugs.

April 11: Roy Kim, Eddy Kim, and Choi admitted to spreading illegally taken photos, and Choi also admitted to illegally filming footage. All three cases were forwarded to prosecution.

Police reportedly searched the offices of Junwon Industries and Yuri Holdings in relation to alleged embezzlement by Seungri.

A woman came forward with allegations that Choi drugged and raped her while in the U.S. in March 2012. Police later confirmed that Choi filed a complaint with prosecution against the woman. Choi's legal representative said that Choi believes the woman’s allegations are a form of blackmail.

Park held press conference to deny allegations of drug usage.

Reports surfaced that a non-celebrity participant in the controversial chatrooms was booked by police on suspicion of rape.

April 12: MBC Newsdesk reported that Seungri was paying his personal manager Ji using funds from Burning Sun, potentially opening up further embezzlement charges. Ji reportedly received over 30 million won (around $26,450) from Burning Sun each month. Ji was employed by YG Entertainment.

Junwon released a statement denying embezzlement charges.

Between April 9 and April 12, South Korea’s three main broadcast channels revealed they had issued guidelines regarding appearances of Seungri, Jung, and Choi: MBC issued a ban of Jung following his arrest while temporarily restricting appearances by the others as their cases develop, while KBS issued restrictions on appearances by Jung, Seungri, and Choi. SBS stated that it would not blacklist individuals, but left decisions up to the directors of its shows.

April 13: YG Entertainment refuted knowledge of Seungri paying manager Ji from Burning Sun funds, or that Ji was simultaneously working with Yuri Holdings. The statement also reportedly said that YG had terminated Ji’s employment at the company following the information revealed during the ongoing Burning Sun investigation.

April 15: Police clarified that Seungri and Yuri’s Yoo had several meals and golf meetings with police Superintendent Yoon. They announced they were investigating whether Yoo’s payments exceeded those of Yoon’s to determine whether the expenditures are violations of the country’s graft laws.  

Seungri’s camp said that women who received money for the trip to The Philippines did so to cover their travel expenses, not in exchange of sexual services.

April 17: Jung was indicted on charges of violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment etc. of Sexual Crimes, reported the Korea Herald. Police referred the case to the prosecutor’s office after they found evidence that Jung distributed illicit videos 11 times in the group chats in question. He will reportedly remain under arrest with detention for the entirety of his trial.

The Chosun Ilbo reported Seungri’s alleged procurement of prostitution began earlier than previously known, potentially as early as December 2015.

April 18: SBS funE reported that a woman accused Jung and Choi of being two of five men that raped her in 2016 in a hotel room. She said that she blacked out after accepting alcohol from them, and woke up the next morning in a hotel room. The woman, an apparent acquaintance of Jung since 2012, came forward with suspicions of sexual assault after being made aware of the chatrooms. The alleged victim bolstered her claims with an audio file and alleged photos of the incident from the group chat.

The same day, KBS shared an alleged chat conversation that showed the men talking about the incident in a jovial manner. Choi’s reportedly lawyer said that he had been with the woman, but did not engage in sexual activity with her.

The Intellectual Crime Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said it found no evidence that Choi’s 2016 drunk driving incident was intentionally covered up and kept secret from the media despite Choi’s previous admission of attempted bribery. The police investigated the claims and found no discrepancies in the initial reporting of the incident internally among police forces, stating that all procedures and reports were followed as per proper police conduct when dealing with a celebrity incident. They also investigated bank account records of those involved, and reportedly found no evidence of bribery nor connections to Superintendent Yoon or others being investigated in relation to police corruption.

April 19: Burning Sun's CEO Lee was arrested with detention on suspicion of drug dealing and usage. The arrest came a month after an initial arrest warrant from the police was rejected by the Seoul Central District Court.

April 22: MBC’s Straight reported on a variety of details related to alleged illegal activities taking place at Burning Sun and counterpart club Arena.  There is no official translation of the show at this time, but commentator and journalist Ask A Korean summarized some of the show’s findings on Twitter.     

The same day, Channel A reported a second instance of alleged group sexual assault that Choi and Jung were involved in, along with a Burning Sun employee and two others in January 2016. 

April 24: Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency sought Park’s arrest after drug testing delivered positive results for methamphetamine. That same day, his management agency C-jeS terminated its contract with the K-pop star and actor.

The Seoul Shinmun obtained an alleged copy of Jung's indictment, and reported that Jung was being charged with illegally filming sexual activity nine times and sharing videos in the chatrooms 14 times. The outlet also raised attention to the fact that Jung filmed his sexual activities and shared the content in the group chat while on vacation with Seungri in Taiwan in December 2015. Police are reportedly also investigating a comment made by Seungri, also in December 2015, about procuring escorts for Taiwanese customers at a Gangnam club.  

YG Entertainment released an explanation of Seungri's use of corporate card to pay 30 million won (around $25,700 USD) in hotel fees for Japanese investors that were allegedly used for prostitution in December 2015. "The YG business credit card that Seungri used in 2015 is a card for Seungri to pay for all of his personal expenses that incurred unrelated to work," said YG, according to a report by XPORTSNEWS.

April 25: The Chosun Ilbo reported that Yoo confessed to having acted as a supplier of prostitutes. The paper also reported that police say Seungri had used his YG Entertainment corporate credit card to pay Seoul hotel fees for Japanese business partners in 2015. Seungri denied his knowledge of the prostitution mediation.

Choi reportedly banned from leaving South Korea due to multiple allegations against him.

SMPA booked 17 women on prostitution-related charges that are reportedly tied to the allegations that Seungri mediated sexual services for Japanese investors. Some of the women are booked on prostitution charges, while other for prostitution mediation.

April 26: Park arrested over suspected purchasing and usage of methamphetamine.

Police announced plans to investigate Japanese investors who met with Seungri in 2016 on suspicion that they had sex with prostitutes organized by the former BIGBANG singer during that hotel stay in Seoul.

Japanese CEO associated with alleged 2015 hotel prostitution denied that he ever received sexual services coordinated by Seungri.

April 28: Police questioned Park about drug usage.

April 29: After previously denying it on multiple occasions, Park admitted to some of his suspected drug usage.

Police announced reinvestigation into allegations that 14 VIP patrons at a Gangnam club illegally filmed and shared sexual videos and photos without the consent of women in two KakaoTalk group chat rooms between 2014 and 2015. A woman filed a complaint last year against her ex-boyfriend, and last month the man was referred to the prosecution by the Gangnam Police Station, but police failed to find an external hard drive that purportedly featured videos and photos related to the charges. Following an additional complaint filed by the woman earlier this month, the SMPA opted to reinvestigate. The Korea Herald reported that the chief of the investigation team and an investigator initially involved in the case were transferred to different units. The 14 individuals being reinvestigated reportedly include actors and a promoter of Arena.

Commissioner Won Kyung Hwan of SMPA announced at a press conference that the police intend to close their investigation into Seungri and Yoon soon. At the time of the press conference, Seungri had been questioned 15 times in relation to suspicions of embezzlement, organizing prostitution services, sharing illegal footage and images, and tax evasion. Both Seungri and Yoo have been booked on multiple charges but arrest warrants have not yet been issued. Won said arrests warrants would depend on the final conclusions of the investigation, and that a court would decide based on any request submitted by the police whether a warrant will be issued or not.

May 2: Yonhap reported that SMPA announces it had summoned Seungri for questioning over embezzlement allegations. He allegedly diverted 200 million won (around $172,000 USD) by having Burning Sun pay the money to another club, co-founded by him and a business, to use its brand. Seungri and Yoo are suspected of having embezzled around 2 billion won in total through their business partnership (around $1.71 million USD).

SMPA also confirmed that prostitution took place in 2015 revolving around the time a YG credit card was used to book hotel rooms for Japanese business associates, with suspicion of Seungri coordinating the services. The police stated that the CEO was not directly involved.

May 3: Park's case forwarded to prosecution. 

SMPA announced its cybercrime unit had begun investigating about 200 media industry insiders, including reporters and producers, who had participated in a chat that shared sexual footage shot illegally allegedly at Burning Sun.

 

 


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