Eli Ridder | Life
Seungri, a member of K-pop’s most popular band, announced his departure early on Tuesday morning Korea time just a day after being charged with procuring prostitutes for potential investors.
Local reports say the singer offered sexual services to draw in foreign investors into his Yuri Holdings — which manages his entertainment and eatery services — in a form of “what was described as “sex bribery”.
Seungri, a stage name for Lee Seung-Hyun, wrote on Instagram that he has decided to retire “because the controversy has become so big” — though he denies the allegations against him. Prostitution is illegal in South Korea.
All of the members of BIGBANG, including Seungri, took a hiatus from producing and performing two years ago as the artists entered the mandatory two year military service in staggered times.
Seungri allegedly tried to arrange prostitution services for his clients via messaging app KakaoTalk in 2015. It appeared he was urging an employee to make arrangements in messages that were unveiled.
In February, Lee was questioned by police over reports of drug-consuming and sexual assault at a club where he was the head of public relations.
Image of Seungri from the Star.