Multiple K-Pop Stars are Now Involved in the Developing Sex Scandal

Brenda Watkins
March 15, 2019

Two more K-pop stars quit Thursday, March 14 their agencies said, as a scandal over illicit sex videos and other offences rippled further across South Korea's music industry.

In an Instagram statement Mr Yong said his behaviour had been "extremely unethical, and I was stupid", reported the Yonhap news agency.

"I will faithfully cooperate with an investigation by police that will start on Thursday and I will readily accept whatever punishment is in store for me".

Singer Lee Seung-hyun, 28, better known by the stage name Seungri, is suspected of paying for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment in his business.

Singer Seungri of South Korean boy band Big Bang has been accused of "sexual bribery" at a night club he controls. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry".

Jung's scandal flared while police were investigating his friend, K-pop star and entrepreneur Seungri, over an allegation that he attempted to provide prostitutes to his business investors.

According to a Korean message shared on March 14 and translated by Soompi, the former Highlight member wrote that he "never participated in the illegal acts of taking hidden camera footage or circulating it", but had "participated in inappropriate conversations" regarding a video that another K-pop idol, Jung Joon Young, allegedly sent him.

According to The Straits Times, Jung is also accused of sharing photographs and videos of women who were unconscious, as well as body parts of waitresses in hostess bars.

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In South Korea, celebrities involved in scandals often issue public apologies even as they maintain their innocence.

He also addressed the revelation in the SBS report that stated Jung revealed to the chatroom that he had been caught sending an illegal video to another person, to which the Highlight member was quoted as responding: "You got caught by her?"

Lee said on Monday he was leaving the entertainment industry to fight the accusations.

K-pop had largely escaped scandals as South Korea's anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement ensnared political, sports, and other figures. South Korean pop songs, TV dramas and films are hugely popular in Asia and beyond, but male stars have faced allegations of sexual assault and abuse, and reports have been made that female entertainers and trainees have been forced to provide sexual services to men in power.

South Korea has been fighting an epidemic of "spy cam porn" in recent years.

Many K-pop stars are recruited by talent agencies as teenagers, some when they are elementary school students, and they often sleep, eat and train together before making a debut. He appeared at the same police station earlier on Thursday to help police with an investigation into suspicions he distributed the videos.

In this July 29, 2014, file photo, members of Big Bang Seungri, left, G-Dragon, centre, and Taeyang, pose for photos during a promotional event in Hong Kong.

The next day, on March 13, YG released a second statement saying it had "accepted Seungri's request to terminate his exclusive contract", AllKPop reported.

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