A spokesperson for the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ office confirmed the news on Thursday (Jan. 30) about the indictment of the singer (born Lee Seung-hyun), who was indicted without detention.
Seungri was one of the biggest stars in the K-pop universe before he shocked fans last March by quitting the industry after the news broke that officials were investigating him as part of a larger, still-spreading sexual abuse scandal referred to as “Burning Sun.” The name is dervied from a nightclub in Seoul’s popular Gangnam neighborhood and Seungri was on the board of the club, which the Seoul Metropolitan Police say was a hub of bribery, violence against customers, rape, drug trafficking and drug use and the securing of prostitues for VIPs.
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The investigation lead to the discovery of an oline group chat that shared sexually explicit videos of women filmed without their consent, with a number of prominent K-pop stars implicated last March. In November, two of the members of that group, the Seoul Central District Court convicted singer Jung Joon-young and musician Choi Jong-hoon of conspiring in the sexual assault of a woman who was incapable of reisisting.
“At this point, I think it would be best if I retire from the entertainment industry,” Seungri wrote at the time of his retirement. “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.”
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