Why fans continue to defend BigBang's Seungri

Lee Seung-hyun, who performs under the name Seungri, announced his exit from showbiz on March 11, 2019.
Lee Seung-hyun, who performs under the name Seungri, announced his exit from showbiz on March 11, 2019.PHOTO: AFP/YONHAP

SINGAPORE - BigBang is one of South Korea's biggest boybands and its youngest member Seungri has been hogging the headlines in recent months - but for all the wrong reasons. His announcement that he was quitting show business on Monday March 11 came on the heels of a string of allegations from pimping to drug use at his club.

The recent spate of events is all the more shocking as the general consensus among fans was that Seungri, 28, was doing particularly well in recent years. He was enjoying his solo time in the limelight after the four older members of BigBang - G-Dragon, T.O.P., Taeyang and Daesung - enlisted in the army. He styled himself as the "Great Seungri", a moniker which playfully paid homage to the Great Gatsby of fiction.

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