A rep from YG Entertainment says Seungri has been 'in pain'

Danny Woods
March 12, 2019

K-Pop star Seungri is retiring from the music industry after being charged with supplying prostitutes.

Investigators are looking into the suspicion that Seungri used various nightclubs in Seoul's Gangnam district for lobbying and even attempted to introduce escorts to foreigners to encourage them to invest in his business ventures. Prostitution is illegal in South Korea. He has denied the allegations.

"At this moment, it seems like it would be good for me to retire from the entertainment industry".

'It would be better for me to retire from the entertainment business at this point, ' Seungri said in a statement posted on his Instagram account. I've made a decision to retire from the entertainment industry because of the huge social controversy that has arisen. "I'll sincerely take part in the investigation of all allegations that have been raised".

On March 11, a high ranking YG Entertainment employee explained to YTN Star that Seungri's retirement from the entertainment industry was decided on his own without a discussion with the agency. All able-bodied South Korean men aged 18 to 35 must serve for a minimum of 21 months, a measure seen as a deterrent against North Korean aggression.

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He faced police questioning at the weekend.

The five-member group, which has won a huge global following since it was formed in 2006, is taking a break after abruptly cancelling concerts scheduled for later this month.

In the meantime, the military has said that Seungri's enlistment will not be postponed and he can continue to cooperate with the investigation during his service.

Police reportedly booked three or four others related to the allegations. Under the #SeungriDeservesBetter, user ayobigbang wrote: "We call on the real fans' voice, do not fall into the shameless trap, we support Seungri!".

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