Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Big Bang's Seungri, aka Korea's Great Gatsby, named in sex probe

Big Bang's Seungri, aka Korea's Great Gatsby, named in sex probe

Known as "Korea's Great Gatsby" for his lavish lifestyle, the 28-year-old is suspected of supplying prostitutes to foreign investors at several nightclubs in Seoul's upmarket Gangnam district.

The lobbying is alleged to have happened at nightclubs in Seoul, South Korea's capital.

'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.

BIGBANG is one of Korea's most popular boy bands, having sold more than 140 million records worldwide since their debut in 2006.

Another member, rapper T.O.P, was handed a 10-month suspended prison sentence for marijuana use in 2017.

"I give my heartfelt, honest thanks to fans at home and overseas who gave their love for the past 10 years, and I think this should be it for the sake of the reputation of YG (Entertainment) and BIGBANG", Seungri said in the Instagram post.

A petition surfaced last week calling for him to step aside after causing "unrecoverable damage to the group's reputation".

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

Big Bang's Seungri announces he's leaving the Kpop industry after 10 years.

Band leader G-Dragon was also investigated for smoking marijuana in 2011, although he was released without indictment.

The club-goer claimed he saw a woman being sexually harassed and asked for security guards to help.

'They talk like they are talking about food or something.

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".

Police have said that they would still be able to conduct their investigation while Seungri is serving in the army, and military officials have said the singer would have to submit a written request for deferment.

It is alleged that Seungri tried to obtain prostitutes for clients through a group messaging chat in 2015.

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