Scandal involving BigBang singer Seungri

YG denies destroying evidence


SEOUL • When boxes of documents were spotted loaded into two trucks just one day after Seungri was questioned by police, netizens wondered if there was a bid to dispose of incriminating evidence.

Last week, the BigBang singer had been questioned for more than eight hours over allegations of drug use and provision of sexual services to VIP customers in his Burning Sun club.

The Chosun Ilbo reported that the trucks had turned up at 6am, with dozens of boxes transferred over two hours.

"It appears that a singer from YG Entertainment who had voluntarily visited the police the day before had asked for a large amount of shredding," the newspaper alleged.

But Yang Hyun-suk, the boss of YG, which manages BigBang and has seen its share price taking a beating, has rubbished speculation that the firm and Seungri had anything to hide.

On Sunday, he told the My Daily portal that he had personally looked into the matter and found out that the disposal of documents was a routine procedure that was done every three months.

To prove that everything was above board, YG had told the disposal company not to shred the documents which "are currently being stored in a warehouse".

YG also released its timetable for disposal of documents for the first quarter of this year to show that the timing of last week's disposal was purely coincidental.

Meanwhile, the police have said that Seungri, whose upcoming shows in Osaka and Jakarta have been cancelled by YG, could be recalled for further questioning.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2019, with the headline 'YG denies destroying evidence'. Print Edition | Subscribe