12:11 am - 02/03/2019

Seungri finally releases statement regarding Burning Sun Controversies

On February 2, Seungri posted the following statement on his Instagram:

Hello. This is Seungri.

I first want to bow my head and sincerely apologize to everyone who felt uncomfortable or was worried due to the recent incident and controversy related to me. Because of this incident, the last few days have been like an unbearable nightmare, and I was flustered as to where and how I should begin talking about this.

I am sorry for my delayed official statement and apology. I was dissuaded by people around me that a hasty explanation may cause bigger misunderstandings during a time when uncertain information was already snowballing.

I was not at the scene when the assault incident that started this controversy occurred. I first learned about the incident a few days later through a staff member and only initially heard that there was assault on both sides between a customer and an employee, and that it was under police investigation. Due to the nature of the place of business, disputes and fights occur often, so I hoped that this would also be resolved peacefully without a big problem.

Later on, I saw the clip of the incident for the first time through the media, and I was also very shocked. Violence cannot be justified under any circumstance, and I sincerely apologize to the victim who was injured due to this incident. I hope that your mental and physical injuries will heal as soon as possible.

I first became involved with the club when BIGBANG briefly halted promotions and I began solo promotions. Using the time outside of my solo promotions, I began with the innocent mindset of wanting to try working as a DJ, which is something I had wanted to do, at a place where I could freely play music at any time.

Just in time, I got a good opportunity to become the executive director in charge of promotions at a club. Since I’m a celebrity, I was in charge of publicly promoting the club.

Operating and managing the club were not my roles, and I am reflecting and deeply apologize for not showing myself taking responsibility from the beginning of the incident, as I was not involved in these roles from the start.

The issue that began with an assault case is now being covered with reports about drugs. I have not seen or heard anything related to this, so I’ll actively cooperate with investigations and hope that strict punishment will be carried out if a crime is revealed through the investigation. I’ll also take full responsibility if there is something I need to be responsible for as an executive director at the time.

While going through this incident, I learned and realized a lot once more about the responsibility and attitude of a celebrity. I apologize once again to everyone for causing concern through this incident, and will work hard to become more mature and considerate.


Seungri, Lee Seung Hyun

On January 28, MBC’s “News Desk” aired a story about Mr. Kim who alleged he was assaulted by a Burning Sun’s director and security guards after trying to help a woman who was sexually harassed at the club. After sustaining injuries including broken ribs, he stated he was then arrested and assaulted by the police. The police responded with a press release with details of the incident and the investigation, and the controversy grew as suspicions of corruption between the police and the club, drugs, sexual assault, and other issues came to light.

Since then, Burning Sun Entertainment released a statement signed by CEOs Lee Sung Hyun and Lee Moon Ho explaining the CCTV footage of a woman being dragged through a hallway of the club. Director Jang of Burning Sun also released more CCTV footage to E-Daily while a government petition was put up on the Blue House petition board for a thorough investigation into the matter and the police involved. It was also revealed that Seungri resigned as a director of the club last week.

On January 31, Yang Hyun Suk released a statement stating that the incident took place after Seungri had left the club and that the BIGBANG member was already in the process of resigning from all executive positions at his businesses in preparation for his upcoming military enlistment. He also stated that the reports about the drugs were groundless.

In the meantime, new CCTV footage was recently revealed to the public.

source: @soompi, soompi, seungriseyo, naver
daynr 2nd-Feb-2019 11:21 pm (UTC)
The stories going around are such a mess, and it really doesn't help that fans (from all sides) are muddling it up. As I said in the first post, Mr. Kim's story seems unreliable and I see no reason to trust this man over any other man.

But apparently there are individual women who have claimed and reported blacking out and waking up in compromising situations. I really hope a proper investigation of that stuff happens.

Seungri's statement, and timing of it, doesn't bother me like I know it does others. I sure as shit hope something more than bowing of heads happens though. Apologies aren't worth anything if the behavior continues.

Edited at 2019-02-02 11:22 pm (UTC)
lulufairybubble 2nd-Feb-2019 11:26 pm (UTC)

My main thing has always been that several things have happened at the club and it was always swept under the rug. The fans were calling everybody who has reported stuff about Burning Sun liars just the other day. Now Seungri admits some bad stuff has happened and they flip. Miss me with it. They harassed so many people . And once again, I am really not shocked at all that Seungri had some kind of affiliation with a shady place. Not one bit.

tungatunga 3rd-Feb-2019 01:29 pm (UTC)
Dispatch wrote, that CEO of the club Lee Moon Han is Seungri bestie and partner in rest of his businesses like Aori Ramen, he for sure know how pick to his friends.
I found translation on reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/kpop/comments/alnhm7/burning_sun_club_owned_by_seungri_masterpost/efn6pcf/

I don't why idols try their hands in most riskiest business ventures like cafe, restaurants and clubs with known highest failure rate and constant money eating.

Edited at 2019-02-03 01:33 pm (UTC)
stephantasm 3rd-Feb-2019 01:55 am (UTC)
Okay but there's been multiple incidents at that club.
kcaomei 3rd-Feb-2019 03:37 am (UTC)
for the past 11 years, something about seungri has always made me feel uncomfortable and i couldn't be less surprised it's him who's involved with something like this. i just don't and will never trust him
aures 3rd-Feb-2019 11:14 am (UTC)
i think it's the thing that makes you feel uncomfortable is the fact that he's willing to look the other way to get to where he wants, without caring about his surroundings (YG must've taught him well)
kcaomei 3rd-Feb-2019 02:31 pm (UTC)
no it doesn't have anything to do with his work ethic. i'm speaking in regards to the lack of disrespect for women he's shown over time in addition to the sleazy vibes he already gives off
aures 3rd-Feb-2019 02:37 pm (UTC)
i wasn't speaking about work per se either! i definitely agree with you, he has this uncomfortable arrogance about him, it's hard to point out
kcaomei 3rd-Feb-2019 03:05 pm (UTC)
i agree, it's hard to pinpoint! he's just definitely someone who shouldn't have the level of influence and power that he does
shuumi_miss 3rd-Feb-2019 05:13 pm (UTC)
Same. I also tend to erease him from BB all the time, and it's not like GD and TOP are better, but he gives me such a bad vibe.
bunnyfries 3rd-Feb-2019 07:59 pm (UTC)
I know TOP is a sleaze with women but I haven't heard much about GD besides his gfs. Is that what you're referring to?
nana_the_dwarf 3rd-Feb-2019 08:26 pm (UTC)
What’s with GD? I’ve only heard of his mj thing, which i donmt think is a ig deal, and his gf, which afaik, is only a thing because she is Japanese.
vintage_boom 3rd-Feb-2019 09:57 pm (UTC)
Same. there's a few guys in the industry I feel similarly about and you know that a lot of these dudes can be sleazy so the ones who have trouble hiding it means they're extreme. Henry is another one.
lizanka23 3rd-Feb-2019 04:14 am (UTC)
um his statement didn't mention the woman attacked there at all by the guards nor the possible sexual assaults going on. of course only the male victim is important *rolls eyes*
pseudo_shigure 3rd-Feb-2019 05:03 am (UTC)
right. and he hasn't heard about anything else he said when it's already reported that's not the only time a female being harassed in this club. rme.
rainstormraider 3rd-Feb-2019 05:14 am (UTC)
It’s such BS that he boasted about being a hands-on businessman but when something like this happens he was just an executive director of promotions. Why act like you were a CEO and so different from other idols and lie so blatantly about how big a role you were playing when you were just a glorified promoter?

Also I am so glad his Twitter stans are so worried about him. Clearly he is the real victim here. In a society where women are treated as second-class citizens and such a sleazy idol is still treated as unimpeachable, clearly him being absolved of all guilt is the most important factor here.


Also this doesn’t even deal with the real issue. That assault (sexual and physical) and police brutality were allowed to run rampant and that at least someone was on the take.

And lastly, miss me with the BS that VIPs are a chill fanbase.

Edited at 2019-02-03 05:29 am (UTC)
shuumi_miss 3rd-Feb-2019 05:07 pm (UTC)
VIPs Chill? Since when? Lol. Did people forget DBSK vs BB era? And I think I remember VIPs being awfull when Ikon and Winner debuted?
rainstormraider 3rd-Feb-2019 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh I remember well.
I will never forget the petty shit they used to pull.

shuumi_miss 3rd-Feb-2019 05:49 pm (UTC)
VIPs, Cassiopeia and ELFs used to be some of the worst fandoms out there, why people now is choosing to forget that? Lol. If they're more "calm" now, it's just because BB and DBSK aren't promoting in public that much, but they resurrect full force from the ashes as soon as something bad happens (see TOP, GD, Yoochun and now Seungri scandals).
babyjenkski 4th-Feb-2019 06:15 pm (UTC)
edanz_castle 3rd-Feb-2019 06:38 am (UTC)
I fail to believe that he had "just learned" about these things occurring. Sexual assaults/the staff participating in the sexual assaults to please VIP clienteles to keep them coming back, possible drugs....these are things you don't just notice after hearing of the allegations/investigations.
tungatunga 3rd-Feb-2019 10:35 am (UTC)
It is well written statement and sounds about right and plausible. But it hard to believe in it after Dispatch recent revelation, it the whole work culture at club was so rotten Seungri must willingly looking the other side.
evilcoc0nut 3rd-Feb-2019 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah I just read all the Dispatch stuff and woooooow really gross if true.
blck_ink 3rd-Feb-2019 01:07 pm (UTC)
i find it hard to believe that he, as the ceo, wasn't aware of none of the malpractices that were going at that place. he may not have been present when it all went down but the fact that nothing changed shows me that he didn't care about the victims and other people's safety.
lily_of_west 3rd-Feb-2019 03:14 pm (UTC)
Good for him for addressing it. I don’t know what happenes in the club so I cannot speak on it I hope the police is not bribed and will do a throughout investigation and those involved will be arrested.

Seungri is a boaster and I think the whole spiel about being in charge of the club was just for show. Which I mean he should learn from. I honestly hope no women are being harmed in there but if they are and he’s turning a blind eye on it, well he’s a horrible human being.

I restrained from commenting on this until all the facts are out but I’m really flabbergasted at people saying the woman who is the actual victim here was paid off and bribed into taking the club’s side. It’s disgusting that people are invalidating her and what she went through because they want to hate on and bash and destroy Seungri so bad.

The fact that people would rather belive a dude against whom there’s a restraining order, than a woman who spoke about being abused by that man is beyond me.

Yes Seungri made a mistake in connecting himself and his name to this club and well as shit happens in life, he needs to know he carries the burden here, even if he had no knowledge or involvement in this. Which he did and that’s good. But some people really need to put their hatered for him and yg aside from time to time and pay attention.

I hope and pray no woman was harmed in that club, and even if they weren’t the simple fact that this happened, should warrant no woman wanting to go there.

I’ve heard so many horror stories by women when they go to clubs and experienced my share or men being trash to not feel safe any time I go out and pay more attention to no one coming near my drink or drink of my girlfriends that it’s taken most of the fun out of going out.

Ladies stay safe when clubbing.
thatchicksaywha 3rd-Feb-2019 03:52 pm (UTC)
what a mess - and not surprising at all that Seungri mentioned the upcoming drug investigations but nothing about the claims of sexual assault..

"Due to the nature of the place of business, disputes and fights occur often, so I hoped that this would also be resolved peacefully without a big problem."

that statement bothers me so much... basically saying that its okay for people to be harassed and assaulted at the club as long as it doesn't make headlines??
evilcoc0nut 3rd-Feb-2019 07:33 pm (UTC)
I assume it's only AKP with the Dispatch stuff that's why it's not here ? Lol. Really gross stuff if true though. Like rape rooms basically.
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