Pop Star Seungri Quits Amid Prostitution Scandal

Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid controversy

Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid controversy

The K-pop star, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, apologized to his fans and said he had been branded a "traitor to the nation". He could be looking at a three-year jail sentence if convicted of the charges.

His agency, YG Entertainment, said on Monday that it was aware the 28-year-old singer had been charged, but it did not have any new comment.

On Feb. 27, police questioned Seungri over the allegations.

"We booked Seungri and changed his status to that of a suspect in order to issue a search and seizure warrant and clear [Seungri] of the suspicions", a police spokesman said (via Variety).

For those who may not know, the star has been plagued with scandal after scandal, and is now currently under police investigation for allegedly offering prostitutes to investors at the night club Burning Sun.

While getting criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half, and with all the agencies in the country now investigating me, I am even being considered a traitor of Korea. Reports also suggest that Seungri used to operate through various nightclubs in Seoul's Gangnam district and even attempted to introduce escorts to foreigners to encourage them to invest in his business ventures.

Seungri shares a message with fans about why he's leaving the industry
Seungri thanks his fans for their support as he quits the music industry. Instagram

"As I've been branded as a "national traitor", I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake", he added.

Seungri rose to fame as part of Big Bang, one of the most popular K-pop groups yet.

Many fans have already turned their backs on him and signed a petition last week urging Seungri's expulsion from BIGBANG, saying he had caused "unrecoverable damage to the group's reputation".

The nightclub came under subsequent police investigation over whether it was a hot spot for drug distribution and sexual harassment.

There is no suggestion whatsoever that Seungri was involved with the alleged wrongdoing.

Still Seungri is reportedly scheduled to enlist in the military on March 25, despite the ongoing investigation.

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