Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

BigBang’s Seungri Announces His Retirement From Entertainment Industry

BigBang’s Seungri Announces His Retirement From Entertainment Industry

A member of K-pop boy band Big Bang, who goes by the stage name Seungri, has been charged with providing prostitutes to foreign investors in his private club, media reported on Sunday. "I will sincerely submit to the investigation on this matter, and reveal truth to all the allegations".

Seungri (승리) is quitting the entertainment industry. I decided on retiring from the entertainment industry as the issues that I caused a societal disturbance with are too major.

"I have faced heavy criticism from the public for the last month and-a-half and I'm being probed by all investigative authorities in the country", Seungri said.

"As I've been branded as a "national traitor", I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake".

"I give my heartfelt, honest thanks to fans at home and overseas who gave their love for the past 10 years, and I think this should be it for the sake of the reputation of YG (Entertainment) and BIGBANG", Seungri said in the Instagram post. For the sake and honor of Big Bang and YG, [my career is] ending here.

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Seungri's retirement post has been "liked" more than 810,000 times and commented on 210,000 times on Instagram. "Thank you for everything throughout the years".

"I guess I need to wait until the issue of Seungri is resolved", said Yoon Joonwon, a fund manager at HDC Asset Management, who holds "a few shares" in K-Pop stocks. He also underwent a test over suspicion of drug use.

But he isn't the only band member with a less-than-perfect track record. Prostitution is illegal in South Korea. The 31-year-old was sentenced to a 10-month suspended jail sentence after publicly apologizing and expressing remorse.

In 2011, band leader G-Dragon was investigated for smoking marijuana, which is illegal in South Korea, but was released without charge.

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