11:23 am - 01/30/2019

Burning Sun Club issues statements in response to controversies

On January 28, MBC’s “News Desk” aired a report about an assault at the club, which is owned by BIGBANG’s Seungri. The victim Mr. Kim stated that when he was attempting to help a woman who was being sexually harassed at the club, he was beaten by security guards. He said that when police arrived, he was arrested as an assailant and also assaulted by the police.

On January 29, Burning Sun Entertainment issued a statement regarding the assault incident at the club. The letter is signed by CEOs Lee Sung Hyun and Lee Moon Ho, who apologized and stated that a staff member has been dismissed over the events.

Their statement is as follows:
We understand that much doubt and controversy has arisen in relation to the Gangnam assault incident reported on MBC News at 8 p.m. on January 28, 2019.

The incident occurred in the process of a staff member responding to a civil complaint from a female guest who said that she had been the victim of sexual harassment. We express our sincere apology and remorse as the representatives of the club’s management team for arousing criticism over assault by a club staff member.

We will fully cooperate in the investigation process as necessary to allow for the thorough investigation of the truth related to the various doubts brought up in that report, including submitting all of the CCTV footage that recorded the details related to that incident to the investigative agency.

Also, regarding the person from the club connected to that assault incident, we are holding him responsible and have taken disciplinary action and dismissal measures. We will do our best to prevent this from happening again in the future through actions such as education for our club staff and the creation of manuals on safety and security.

In addition, a CCTV video from the club uploaded by Mr. Kim has become an issue of concern online. It includes a woman stumbling as she’s dragged through a hallway at the club, and there has been much speculation over the events taking place in the video. It was uploaded on YouTube on December 27 of last year.

Mr. Kim described, “Less than 10 days after my incident occurred on November 24, a woman who was intoxicated by something was dragged by her hair by a Burning Sun guard down a VIP hall. The woman grabbed on to the computer and desk and seemed to be in need of help, but the staff ignored that. I received information that the woman reported this to the police, but the police let it pass and Burning Sun deleted the CCTV [footage].”

He went on to state that he has heard that similar incidents occur twice a day, and that the police receives a large amount of money from Burning Sun, with the police and Burning Sun having an agreement where they do not enter the club under the pretext of it being a disturbance of business.

Burning Sun has issued a statement on Instagram about the video and also uploaded two clips allegedly from the same night. (Original Post link)

They wrote the following:

This is our explanation statement regarding the video in question.
There are additional videos from the same day as when she was dragged out.

On December 1, 2018 around 1:35 a.m.,
An intoxicated woman (Thai) at a VIP table
was causing a disturbance through actions such as
unsealing alcohol at the table and secretly drinking it,
and so actions were taken for her to leave.

In the process of her leaving, she committed the first act of assault on the guard’s head.
After our Burning Sun guard team called the police, they were waiting and a female Burning Sun guard was in charge.

A staff member who was able to communicate with the foreigner (the male wearing a denim jacket) explained the situation in English
but she became angry instead and she assaulted the female guard and sales team member.

After the police arrived, we submitted the video in question to the police,
the foreign guest was arrested,
we received assault settlement money afterwards for the repair cost of the laptop, and the case was closed.

Burning Sun also shared a post made by the female security guard on Facebook, which included her description of the events that corroborates the club’s official statement. She denied the idea that the woman was being taken away to be sexually assaulted, as has been speculated, and included an apology letter written in English that is described as from the woman.

In addition, news outlet E-Daily has reported that Director Jang of Burning Sun shared further CCTV footage from the club with them and stated, “No matter what the reason, I apologize that violence was committed.” He went on to say, “As is seen in the CCTV footage, I witnessed Mr. Kim approaching female guests numerous times, and as civil complaints from guests increased I couldn’t let it pass. It’s true that there is ambiguity about ‘harassment’ due to the particular nature of it being a ‘club.'”

He added, “Currently there are many articles with related search terms that say ‘Seungri club.’ However, not only was Seungri not at the club on the day of the incident, he’s also someone we do not see often. I want to say clearly that the assault was my mistake. I will submit the related materials such as CCTV footage to the police and sincerely undergo the investigation.”

Burning Sun told E-Daily that Director Jang has left the business. They stated, “We feel apologetic about Director Jang’s overreaction; however a thorough investigation must be carried out about the sexual harassment of female [guests].”

Meanwhile, there has been discussion online surrounding the claims that Seungri was absent from the club on the day of Mr. Kim’s assault. Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon posted a photo in the early hours of November 24 of herself with Seungri at Burning Sun after she performed at an event at the club, which began on the evening of November 23. According to an announcement about the event, Hyoyeon was scheduled to perform at 12:30 a.m. on November 24. This has not been addressed by an official representative from the club, and it is not known if Seungri was still at the club at the time of the incident.

A petition has been created on the Blue House petition board calling for the investigation of the police who were involved in the arrest of Mr. Kim. As of 9 p.m. KST, it reached over 170,000 signatures.

YG Entertainment has not issued a statement about this matter.

Here's a longer CCTV footage that shows the incident with Mr. Kim (the first scene with the woman is not from the same day).

Here's CCTV footage showing Mr. Kim resisting police

source: instiz, drop the drip, burningsun_seoul, soompi, naver 1 2 3 4 5

The prior post covered most of this already, but now there are professional and complete translations for most of it and there are some updates as well.
ChulaSinMoolah 30th-Jan-2019 08:20 pm (UTC)
So the girl who was dragged out the club should not have been handled like that but makes those "date rape and police bribes" more baseless.

I do not trust men by default so the "victim" turning out to be the one to throw hands first is not surprising in the least

Funny how this post in empty tho. Y'all were so desperate to hate on seungri on the post prior
ggumd 30th-Jan-2019 10:20 pm (UTC)
“Hating” on?? Seungri is still misogynistic trash.

In regards to this incident, the above info is disputed heavily with contradicting articles coming out so I dont know how you came to the conclusion he is innocent.

Also YG deleting articles and comments in the thousands isnt very “innocent” behavior.
ChulaSinMoolah 31st-Jan-2019 02:05 am (UTC)
The fact that you responded to the last portion of my comment and nothing else proves my point tho

Edited at 2019-01-31 02:06 am (UTC)
ChulaSinMoolah 31st-Jan-2019 02:08 am (UTC)
Literally no where did i say hes innocent so maybe save that for someone else
ggumd 31st-Jan-2019 02:43 am (UTC)
Lol “proves your point” in what way?

Your point is that he isnt trash and people are senselessly hating on him bc you are taking the articles in the post at face value —> hence my reply stating that yes he is *indeed* trash and the points made in the articles in the post do not refute that as they are not reliable.

Really not that hard to comprehend
ChulaSinMoolah 31st-Jan-2019 04:50 am (UTC)
This site on mobile is basura my comment about proving my point twas not to you pero to @rainstormraider so
rainstormraider 31st-Jan-2019 01:57 am (UTC)
Yikes @ you thinking this is hating on Seungri.

Double yikes @ him still having stans.
klauses 31st-Jan-2019 04:00 am (UTC)
Seungri is a literal trash bag. Do better.
iviih 30th-Jan-2019 08:22 pm (UTC)

I wanted to say: when you are the owner you are responsible for what happens inside your establishment and your staff. He also hired the staff. He spent the last year talking about his bussiness all the time, how he was directly envolved with it. Now he and his fans want to say he knew nothing? Not his fault ? He was too busy ?

SG kept quiet about it for 2 months, and left the bussiness one week ago washing his hands off.

Also just found this interview:

Q: I heard you’re opening a new club called “Burning Sun”. What kind of club is it? Please introduce it.

SEUNGRI: “Burning Sun” is the next project from the “Monkey Museum” team who has been with me for a long time. It’s meant for my team who wanted a slightly bigger place. I put the teams that I work with as a top priority. Whether the business is good or not comes next. It was prepared with the idea that it will be a place where my team can showcase their skills. As mentioned earlier, this is what I’m good at and I have confidence in.

Q. Managing a club isn’t an easy task. Did you pick up any know-hows while running “Monkey Museum”? What are Seungri’s personal know-hows on running a club?

SEUNGRI: I don’t know everything about business and there’s a lot that I don’t know, but I know people well. I don’t have the exact know-how on operating a club. What I do is recruit and match the best people in their respective fields."

Seems like he knew exactly who he hired. He had to know well at least the director Jang and the CEOS.


Also this: " burning Sun also shared a post made by the female security guard on Facebook, which included her description of the events that corroborates the club’s official statement. She denied the idea that the woman was being taken away to be sexually assaulted, as has been speculated, and included an apology letter written in English that is described as from the woman."

A lot of people already noticed the video And apology letter posted as evidence is not from the same woman, the one in the leaked video is another. They are trying to cover up.

Hope the victims get justice AND the culprits get jailed, not only fired. Wtf.
blck_ink 30th-Jan-2019 09:11 pm (UTC)
i also hope the victims get the justice they deserve and the club gets shut down. but knowing how corrupt the police are i doubt that'll happen.
rainstormraider 31st-Jan-2019 01:55 am (UTC)
None of this changes the fact that Seungri remained silent and tried to distance himself from this when he clearly at the very least was a shareholder in this mess.

Also one assault does not warrant another. That is NOT the way to eject people from a club.
nana_the_dwarf 31st-Jan-2019 06:22 am (UTC)
Just now there is an article where an employeer stated that he in fact did know about the beating (although now the dude is seen harrasing a clubber as well), and there's also comments about Seungri's mother being an inspector of the club and now has resigned the position as well. This is going beyond Seungri now tbh. I mean fuck him, but this whole mess of corruption is out of a tv show.
stephantasm 31st-Jan-2019 11:18 pm (UTC)
Really surprising how misogynistic and violent things continue to follow this rapist around. It's almost like he's a shit person.
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