First formed in 2006, iconic K-Pop boy band Big Bang will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of their genre. In 2017, the group went on hiatus due to many of its members needing to meet their mandatory military service requirements. Big Bang’s many fans (often referred to as V.I.P) are still waiting their beloved boys’ returns, but at least one member appears to be gone from the idol scene forever.
28-year-old Seungri, given name Lee Seung-hyun, was forced to resign today after a prostitution scandal involving his nightclub Burning Sun. Police raided the establishment and found that Lee and his staff had been supplying sex workers and illegal drugs to wealthy patrons. Many of the women involved in selling their bodies may also have suffered from drug addictions themselves.
The business endured increased scrutiny recently after a video that appears to show an assault on the premises was released to the public. If found guilty, Lee could face up to three years prison time.
Damning text messages published by journalists from 2015 allegedly depict Lee’s illicit business ventures, though he has accused the media of creating false incriminating evidence.
After canceling a string of concerts across Asia, Lee ultimately decided to retire from show business altogether in order to protect both Big Bang and record label YG Entertainment from the scandal and controversy. Some reports even claim that his passport was confiscated by the authorities.
Making matters worse for the company’s image, Korean news reports have found that YG Entertainment recently shredded and destroyed multiple records and paper documents. YG has denied doing so to hide their involvement and says the shredding in question was part of their regular quarterly office cleaning.
Seungri’s problematic image was well-known throughout the company. Last October it was announced that he was set to star in a sitcom called “Future Strategy Office,” where YG’s most delinquent clients must work to improve their public image and standing within the label.