Big Bang: K-pop star quits showbiz amid ‘sex bribery’ claims

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Seungri (left) is indicted of perplexing to gain sex workers for his business investors (file picture)

One of South Korea’s many successful boyband stars has announced his retirement from showbiz, a day after he was charged with provision prostitutes to business investors.

Seungri will be withdrawal a five-piece organisation Big Bang, who have sole over 140 million annals given their 2006 entrance and are famous as a “Kings of K-pop”.

The 28-year-old wrote on Instagram: “I have motionless to retire given a debate has turn so big.”

He has denied procuring prostitutes.

Seungri, whose genuine name is Lee Seung-hyun, had already cancelled all designed engagements in February, and a Mar shows of his solo tour.

In a matter he apologised to his fans, and betrothed to “sincerely attend in investigations into all allegations”.

What’s he indicted of?

Local media reports have related Seungri to “sex bribery” – or providing sex services to tempt unfamiliar investors in his association Yuri Holdings, that manages his party and grill businesses.

The lobbying is purported to have happened during nightclubs in Seoul, South Korea’s capital.

Prostitution is bootleg in South Korea.

It is purported that Seungri attempted to obtain prostitutes for clients by a organisation messaging discuss in 2015. Messages from a app KakaoTalk have emerged that seem to uncover him propelling a staff member to make a arrangements.

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Seungri also owns a tellurian grill franchise

The thespian was also questioned by troops in Feb over reports of drug-taking and passionate attack during a Burning Sun club, where he was a open family director.

How has South Korea reacted?

Seungri, who was once described as “The Great Gatsby of Korea” for his intemperate lifestyle, has a enormous fanbase – though some had called for him to leave Big Bang as a liaison swept a country.

A petition flush final week job for him to step aside after causing “unrecoverable repairs to a group’s reputation”.

The thespian pronounced in his Instagram statement: “I have faced complicated critique from a open for a final month and-a-half and I’m being probed by all inquisitive authorities in a country.

“As I’ve been branded as a ‘national traitor’, we can't mount a fact that I’m harming others for my possess sake.”

A former believer replied to a post saying: “I’m so broke during myself for being your fan for a final 10 years.”

Others affianced to mount by Seungri and a band. Fan @_nhungnhim29 wrote simply: “We’ll never let we go.”

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Bigbang is one of a decade’s many successful boybands, during a forefront of K-pop’s worldwide spread

Shares in a Seungri’s talent agency, YG Entertainment Inc, fell 15.6% on Monday, a day his retirement was announced, reaching their lowest turn given Nov 2018.

Seungri isn’t a initial member of Big Bang to be inextricable in controversy, however.

In 2011, rope personality G-Dragon was investigated for smoking marijuana, that is bootleg in South Korea, though was expelled though charge.

Another member, rapper T.O.P, was handed a 10-month dangling jail judgment for pot use in 2017.

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How large a understanding are Bigbang?

In South Korea they are showbiz kingship – though their recognition has widespread opposite Asia and a rest of a world.

In 2016, Forbes repository named G-Dragon as a many successful chairman underneath 30 in Asia’s party and sports industries.

An instance of a band’s celebrity in action: G-Dragon is now behaving his two-year tenure of troops use – that is imperative for robust group in South Korea. When it began, he got such a torrent of understanding letters that his army bottom ran out of paper to imitation them on, and fans had to be urged to uncover restraint.

Seungri was scheduled to start his possess troops use on 25 March. His group pronounced this week that he was still on march to join a army.

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