Seoul, South Korea — Police on Thursday questioned two Ok-pop stars over interlocking intercourse scandals which have fascinated South Korea and prompted each males to announce they’re retiring from the leisure business. Seungri, a member of the celebrity group Large Bang, bowed deeply at a Seoul police station earlier than greater than 100 journalists. Police mentioned they’re investigating allegations that the 28-year-old tried to rearrange unlawful sexual providers for his enterprise traders.

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“I as soon as once more decrease my head and apologize to the individuals and all others who had been damage,” Seungri mentioned earlier than coming into the police station. “I will faithfully endure an investigation and provides honest solutions” to police.

In South Korea, celebrities concerned in scandals typically challenge public apologies whilst they preserve their innocence. Seungri, whose actual identify is Lee Seung-hyun, has denied the sexual-bribery allegation, however introduced his retirement on Monday.

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Earlier Thursday, fellow Ok-pop star Jung Joon-young, 29, got here to the police station to be questioned about an allegation that he secretly filmed himself having intercourse with ladies after which shared the movies with associates in personal group chats.

“I really feel very sorry for inflicting concern to the individuals and can faithfully endure an investigation,” Jung advised reporters. “I am sorry. I am sorry.”

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Jung mentioned in a press release Wednesday that he recorded the movies with out the consent of the ladies in them. He apologized to the victims and to these he disenchanted and angered. He additionally mentioned he was retiring from the leisure business.

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Lee Seung-hyun attends the Kenzo Menswear Fall/Winter 2019-2020 present as a part of Paris Vogue Week on January 20, 2019 in Paris, France.

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Media experiences have mentioned Seungri was among the many males in a Kakao Discuss group chatroom the place Jung posted his intercourse movies. Police mentioned there have been a number of Kakao Discuss chatrooms concerned however did not elaborate.

The scandals have highlighted a darkish aspect of South Korea’s booming but ultra-competitive leisure business. South Korean pop songs, TV dramas and movies are vastly common in Asia and past, however male stars have confronted allegations of sexual assault and abuse and experiences have been made that feminine entertainers and trainees have been compelled to supply sexual providers to males in energy.

Many Ok-pop stars are recruited by expertise businesses as youngsters, some when they’re elementary college college students, and so they typically sleep, eat and prepare collectively earlier than making a debut. Some suicides have occurred amongst celebrities within the business.

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Large Bang has been one of the vital profitable bands in Ok-pop since its debut in 2006, attracting enormous, loyal followings in Asia and world wide. Forbes journal reported in 2016 that the band took house $44 million in pretax earnings the earlier 12 months.

Seungri has been engaged in various enterprise ventures, together with a ramen franchise and a dance academy, and loved displaying his lavish way of life.

Large Bang is on non permanent hiatus as its 4 different members fulfill about two years of navy or different service, a requirement for all able-bodied males in South Korea. Seungri is about to start out his necessary navy service on March 25.

By legislation, the continued police investigation can’t forestall Seungri from becoming a member of the military except he is formally arrested earlier than March 25 or voluntarily requests a delay in his enlistment.

South Korean police chief Min Hole Ryong advised lawmakers Thursday that he would search a joint investigation with navy authorities if Seungri joins the military as scheduled and avoids an arrest.

The inventory value of YG Leisure, Large Bang’s company, plunged this week over the allegations surrounding Seungri, dropping greater than 17 p.c on Monday and Tuesday earlier than rebounding barely on Wednesday after the corporate introduced it was releasing the singer. Its inventory fell 1.59 p.c on Thursday. Analysts say YG has misplaced about 180 billion received (about $159 million) in market worth since January.  

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