Korean Police Book Seungri Over Obscene Photo


Seungri booked over obscene photo; Jung Joon-young, Choi Jong-hoon face new charges

Seungri, a member of South Korean K-pop band Big Bang, arrives to be questioned over a sex bribery case at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea, March 14, 2019. Photo: Reuters


Former BigBang singer Seungri is in deeper trouble.

Already booked for procuring prostitutes for would-be investors of the Burning Sun club, he was booked by the police on Thursday (March 28) for distributing a secretly taken photo, reported The Korea Herald.

The 28-year-old had shared the obscene photo with another artiste and others in a group chat.

It is not known if the photo came from singer Jung Joon-young, who was arrested last week over charges of taping women in sex acts, and sharing the footage.

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The latest news came after Seungri gave an interview last week to explain that he was just an investor in Burning Sun. He said if illicit activities – from drug use to tax evasion – had occurred there, he was also a victim, as an investor.

His comments that he had arranged for women to party with Singapore socialite Kim Lim – daughter of billionaire Peter Lim – in the Arena club in 2015 drew a sharp rebuttal from Ms Lim. She said she had partied only with her friends at the club.

On Thursday, the police also said more charges were slapped on Jung. Former FT Island member Choi Jong-hoon was also slapped with a new charge of sharing illicit videos on top of a previous charge of bribery to cover up his drink driving.

The K-pop scandal has so far seen the retirement of four artistes.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has urged authorities to investigate the cases thoroughly while share prices of agencies linked to the artists have taken hits. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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