A former K-pop idol has been indicted on charges of organising prostitution, habitual gambling and financial crimes, a year after a string of women alleged they were drugged and served to men at clubs in .
Lee Seung-hyun, 29, whose stage name is Seungri, avoided spending time on remand at a hearing at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday.
Seungri, who rose to fame with the world-famous boy band, BIG BANG, was indicted on charges of organising prostitution, habitual gambling, and violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.
At the time his crimes were made public, Seungri left the entertainment business.
South Korean singer Seungri (right), a former member of BigBang, arrives for an arrest warrant hearing at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on 13 January
Seungri is accused of lobbying potential investors by offering sex services at multiple nightclubs in Seoul’s posh Gangnam district, pictured here
Seungri is pictured mobbed by photographers as he arrives for a hearing at the Seoul Central District Court on January 13, 2020 in Seoul
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The star and several other high-profile musicians denied any wrongdoing at the time.
The singer, who also owns a global franchise restaurant business, suspended his entertainment career in February of 2019 and canceled concerts.
Several other K-Pop celebrities were caught sharing sex videos and bragging in a chat room about raping women. They also face accusations of using illegal drugs like methamphetamine.
Among them is singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young, who admitted filming himself having sex and sharing the footage without his partners’ consent.
K-pop singer Jung Joon-young, centre, arrives at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14
Gangnam is one of the most exclusive districts of Seoul and is home to several high-end nightclubs
K-Pop star Jung Joon-young (pictured) admitted filming himself having sex and sharing the footage without his partners’ consent
Patrons and clubs in the district also face accusations of allowing underage women being exploited.
A BBC investigation heard that victims were drugged with the substance GHB before being taken into alleyways, club back rooms or even hotels and raped by one or more men.
According to doctors, GHB disappears from a person’s system after a few hours, making it difficult for women to prove they had been raped.
The same investigation found that VIP guest worked with nightclub reps to drug and then abuse their victims.
Even more shockingly, extremely wealthy or important guests, 토토사이트 known as VVIPs, paid thousands for random women enjoying a night out to be drugged and brought to them, according to the allegation
More than 350 people have been arrested in the scandal which has rocked the Gangnam nightclub district (picture
One club-goer told the BBC: ‘These men are hunters and they pay to get in the game.
So you need prey. It’s foolish to think you won’t get shot in this place.’
A victim, ‘Kim,’ which is not her real name, revealed the horrific abuse she suffered after waking up in a hotel room with a man looking down on
She said: ‘He forced me to lie down but I didn’t want to, so I kept getting up.
When I got up, he would grab my neck and force me down on the bed over and over. I thought someone could die like this by having their neck brok
One former club host said that a particular VIP was well-known for his appetite for unconscious women, once even saying ‘bring me the zombies’. There have even been claims that the scandal was covered up by police, prompting South Korean president Moon Jae-in to launch a corruption investigation.He said that there was evidence ‘suggesting that the prosecutors and police purposely conducted incomplete investigations, and actively prevented the truth from being reveal
The Korean National Police Agency has now created a special unit to investigate sex crimes against women in Gang
The scandal has rocked South Korea and the K-Pop scene since it broke.