Eli Ridder | Life

Seungri, a member of K-pop’s most popular band, announced his departure early on Tuesday morning Korea time just a day after being charged with procuring prostitutes for potential investors.

Local reports say the singer offered sexual services to draw in foreign investors into his Yuri Holdings — which manages his entertainment and eatery services — in a form of “what was described as “sex bribery”.

Seungri, a stage name for Lee Seung-Hyun, wrote on Instagram that he has decided to retire “because the controversy has become so big” — though he denies the allegations against him. Prostitution is illegal in South Korea.

All of the members of BIGBANG, including Seungri, took a hiatus from producing and performing two years ago as the artists entered the mandatory two year military service in staggered times.

Seungri allegedly tried to arrange prostitution services for his clients via messaging app KakaoTalk in 2015. It appeared he was urging an employee to make arrangements in messages that were unveiled.

In February, Lee was questioned by police over reports of drug-consuming and sexual assault at a club where he was the head of public relations.


Image of Seungri from the Star.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.