K-Pop idol, Seungri of boy band, Big Bang, announced on Instagram today that he is leaving the entertainment industry. In his post, he expresses he has provoked a lot of social controversies and chose to leave showbiz at this time. He also says he will cooperate with the authorities in the ongoing investigation against the alleged illegal activities surrounding him.
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Seungri expresses, “In the past month and a half, ever since the people started condemning and hating me to the authorities investigating me, I’ve been labeled as the nation’s thief. Because of me, it has brought pain to the people around me. This is something I won’t allow.” He also thanked all his fans, including overseas fans, for their support all these years and also apologized to them. He ended the post with, “To protect YG and Big Bang’s reputation, I can only go up to here.”
Seungri is currently being investigated as a suspect in the alleged illegal activities that were going on in his nightclub, “Burning Sun.” Local police authorities have confirmed finding evidence of group chats involving Seungri instructing his night club employees to arrange for pretty girls to sleep with overseas investors and clients. The police also alleges Seungri and two other male singers were sharing secretly filmed videos and pictures of girls in a group chat. Most of the pictures were secretly taken of drunk girls. Some of the videos include drunk girls engaged in sexual intercourse.
According to a YG representative, it was Seungri’s decision to leave showbiz. While Seungri is scheduled to enter the army on March 25th, authorities said they will expedite their investigation and won’t impact the ongoing case.