Seungri in court, faces arrest

Former BigBang member Seungri arriving yesterday at the Seoul Central District Court.
Former BigBang member Seungri arriving yesterday at the Seoul Central District Court.PHOTO: YNA

SEOUL • Seungri and his legal team were likely to know late yesterday whether a Seoul court would grant an application from prosecutors to arrest the former BigBang singer.

According to South Korean media, the 28-year-old, wearing a black suit, turned up in court at about 10am yesterday, together with former Yuri Holdings chief executive Yoo In-suk.

The duo face allegations, from procuring 12 prostitutes for Japanese investors in 2015 to embezzling 530 million won (S$612,000) from nightclub Burning Sun.

Seungri did not answer questions from reporters waiting outside the court.

His star has fallen further after the police revealed that he also booked prostitutes at least three times for himself.

According to the Soompi portal, he contested the claim, saying he knew one of the women, but a police probe showed that money was paid to her agency.

This revelation has led to debate online over whether Seungri should also be charged over activities done in the privacy of his home.

But many feel that prostitutes do not enter the sex industry voluntarily, but are controlled by pimps.

 
 

Seungri is also said to have paid for social escorts to attend his birthday bash in the Philippines in 2017.

His court appearance yesterday marks the latest chapter in the K-pop scandal that broke in January.

Two other artists - Jung Joon-young and Park Yoo-chun - have already been arrested over the illegal taping of women in sex acts and drug use respectively.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2019, with the headline 'Seungri in court, faces arrest'. Print Edition | Subscribe