Burning Sun scandal rocks K-pop and Korean society Mar 12, 2019 10:57:07 GMT
Post by IceCat on Mar 12, 2019 10:57:07 GMT
The youngest member of 2nd-generation K-pop group Big Bang, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, made the announcement on Monday that he was leaving the entertainment industry as he faces official scrutiny for a series of events at nightclubs he at least part owns. Seungri is also the last member of the five member group to set a date for his mandatory military service, although his scheduled enlistment date of 25 March is now in doubt.
A timeline of the events leading up to this point follows:
Other global media have also covered this story, including The Guardian and the BBC:
Given the clientele who frequented Seungri's establishments it is inevitable that other celebrities will be caught up in this wide ranging investigation. The first one we know about is Jung Joon Young, the solo artist who first rose to prominence as a finalist on that magical Season 4 of MNet's Superstar K in 2012. In addition to his music he's also been on TV variety shows, but the two he's currently involved in, including KBS' 2 Days & 1 Night, have announced in the wake of the allegations made against him that he's been edited out of material already filmed recently in California. He's now returned to Korea to meet with the prosecutors investigating his alleged secret filming of his sexual encounters and sharing them with his male friends online, including Seungri. Josh Carrot, AKA Korean Englishman on YouTube, has taken into private status the videos in which Jung, whom he's known for around 15 years, appeared.
Watch this space for further updates.