BIGBANG's Seungri Announces His Retirement From Entertainment Industry

BIGBANG's Seungri Announces His Retirement From Entertainment Industry

BIGBANG's Seungri Announces His Retirement From Entertainment Industry

Once known as "the Great Gatsby of Korea" for his lavish lifestyle, Seungri is now expected to face imprisonment, if proved guilty, as prostitution is illegal in South Korea.

"As for the ongoing probe, I will take the investigation seriously to clear all allegations", he added.

On Sunday morning, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency sent 20 investigators to raid the nightclub Arena to gather evidence about the swirling suspicions surrounding the 29-year-old singer.

South Korean media reported that police had confiscated Seungri's passport now that he was officially regarded as a suspect. His last statement said that his decision to remove himself is because he doesn't want to do damage to BIGBANG and YG, so he is retiring for their sake.

Receiving criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half and with the situation of all the investigative agencies in the country now investigating me, I am even being cornered as a traitor of the nation.

The search stems from leaked Kakaotalk messages from 2015 that are alleged to be between Seungri, CEO Yoo of Yuri Holdings, and a club employee.

Seungri rose to fame as part of Big Bang, one of the most popular K-pop groups yet. "As I've been branded as a 'national traitor, ' I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake".

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

The source also said, "To be honest, no exact details have been revealed about Seungri during the past month and a half of police investigations".

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

Seungri's retirement post has been "liked" more than 810,000 times and commented on 210,000 times on Instagram.

The scandal comes ahead of the singer's mandatory military service, which all able-bodied South Korean men are required to complete.

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