11:32 am - 03/10/2019

Seungri Booked On Charges Of Allegedly Violating Anti-Prostitution Law

The police has issued a search warrant to search Club Arena to find evidence on the claims that BIGBANG’s Seungri was involved in providing sexual escort services to foreign investors.

On March 10 at 11 a.m. KST, approximately 20 police officers from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency began to search Club Arena for evidence. No further information on the process has been released yet.

Previously on February 26, SBS funE released text messages that were allegedly shared between Seungri, CEO Yoo of Yuri Holdings, and an employee in 2015. The contents of the messages implied that they were hiring prostitutes at Club Arena (a club located in the Gangnam district) for foreign business investors, and both YG and Yuri Holdings denied the claims in separate statements. One day later, Seungri underwent questioning at the police station and shared his willingness to cooperate with any further questioning.

Updated March 10 at 3:40 p.m. KST:

Seungri has been booked on charges of violating the law on the punishment of prostitution mediation and other related actions. He will now be treated as a suspect in future investigations.

A source from the police stated, “We booked Seungri and changed his status to that of a suspect in order to issue a search and seizure warrant and clear [Seungri] of the suspicions [surrounding him].”

The police has also booked three to four other people who were in the KakaoTalk group chat and are currently investigating them.

Meanwhile, the police began searching Club Arena at 11 a.m. on March 10 and ended their search at 2 p.m. KST. It was reported that they obtained data related to the charges made on Seungri about providing sexual escort services to foreign investors, but no further details have been revealed.

source: soompi, naver 1, 2, 3
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premonitioner 10th-Mar-2019 11:16 am (UTC)
oop.

I see the VIPs in the soompi comments still haven't given up lmao

on a side note: their reactions to that fan cafe petitioning to have Seungri removed from Big Bang was also hilarious. My fave comments were the ones like 'No! Big Bang is 5! There is no Big Bang with 4 members!' and I wanted to comment 'oh okay let's just disband the entire mess'

Edited at 2019-03-10 11:16 am (UTC)
22_taken 10th-Mar-2019 12:56 pm (UTC)
They're also claiming that 'there are few people in that fan cafe' and that 'they're not fans but angry netizens whose opinions don't matter.'
aleksu7 10th-Mar-2019 11:47 am (UTC)
End him once and for all
typhlogirl 10th-Mar-2019 11:56 am (UTC)
itswhatshedeserves.gif
lulufairybubble 10th-Mar-2019 11:58 am (UTC)

Lololololol
Throw out the trash!

post_dada 10th-Mar-2019 12:02 pm (UTC)
So I get that men always have the most oppapoligists but what really does my head in is the amount of people coming out of the woodwork to defend Seungri. Like the member no one even remembers is in Big Bang. Is he talented? What even was his purpose in Big Bang other than to be a glorified back up dancer. Of all the people to waste your time defending - this dude.
scionofawhisper 10th-Mar-2019 03:46 pm (UTC)
Right... A wealthy, popular, powerful male who probably committed crimes. He doesn't need defending. Isn't worthy of defending.

coyote_revolver 10th-Mar-2019 12:53 pm (UTC)
Well, damn, actual justice happening.
22_taken 10th-Mar-2019 12:59 pm (UTC)
More specific information from user jamesdakrn ( https://www.reddit.com/r/kpop/comments/azczdb/breaking_korean_seungri_is_now_considered_a ):

"This is no longer handled by the Gangnam Station of the Seoul Police, which were accused of turning a blind eye to the club activities. Instead, it is handled by the Special Crime Squad.

Other sources say a total of around 60,000 messages were sent to the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission, which is a separate investigative agency which is not part of the Seoul Police and instead are directly under the Prime MInister (basically the VP) - think of this as basically the FBI (something a bit weaker maybe) being involved. Not all of these have been sent to the police.

Basically this means that the informant has bypassed the police, to a more central agency (aka "federal" in the context of the US), and the Seoul police has a fire under their ass to actually start investigations.

The Prime Minister today mentioned this case in the National Assembly- his actual quotes "An Assault case in a club in Gangnam-Gu is now uncovering allegations of drug distribution, sexual assault, corruption between the police and its owners. I wish that the police take this as an insult to its own honor, and that they go through a thorough investigation to the full extent of the law. I hope that the investigators will keep in mind what will happen if the suspicions of illegal activities do not fully get resolved as they carry on the investigations"

This basically means this is turning into a bigger story than Seungri himself - the current administration was elected b/c of the corruption within the Park administration (who is now in jail) and heavy anti-corruption measures (including jailing 2 ex-presidents, the former head of the supreme court, the defense minister, the chief of staff of the military and the korean head of the NIS (aka CIA)). THey have every incentive to investigate this further now that allegations of corruption of the police have been brought up. Seungri is just a celeb involved in a bigger political case. The Prime Minister never even named Seungri direclty - the focus is entirely on the possible corruption of the police."
audiograms 10th-Mar-2019 01:12 pm (UTC)
Damn
rosevael 10th-Mar-2019 01:31 pm (UTC)
So...was he booked on charges or is he just being investigated as a suspect?
daceymormont 10th-Mar-2019 01:48 pm (UTC)
(intl) vips are really the biggest clowns of them all. the way they've been defending him on social media as if he pays their bills... i can't even imagine hating myself this much.
love_keiko 10th-Mar-2019 02:50 pm (UTC)
LMAO--- facts on facts
kcaomei 10th-Mar-2019 02:28 pm (UTC)
take him down and take him away
love_keiko 10th-Mar-2019 02:51 pm (UTC)
i hope they nab him and every single celebrity, club worker, and member of law enforcement that turned a blind eye to this shit. LOCK THEM ALL UP!!
countthesaints 10th-Mar-2019 03:23 pm (UTC)
Throw them all into the trash bin.
snowphone 10th-Mar-2019 03:52 pm (UTC)
torontok 10th-Mar-2019 03:56 pm (UTC)
I need people to stop with their Western pseudo-feminist takes like "Uhh but why are you saying prostitution is bad/what if those women wanted it?" bullshit. Korea is not the Netherlands, it's a hotbed of sex trafficking and women involved in prostitution routinely face abuse are killed, drugged or raped, many of them are forced into it out of desperation in their teens.Seungri was complicit in this abuse and using women as sex pawns in his game. You really think mr.non consensual choking cared about these women?He's a piece of shit and I hope he gets locked up
nana_the_dwarf 10th-Mar-2019 04:43 pm (UTC)
I’ve actually seen some one brain celled idiot claim that a Seungri can’t be jailed for someone all Korean men do (hire prostitutes)...

They must hate themselves or something.

Edited at 2019-03-10 05:03 pm (UTC)
theweebdream 10th-Mar-2019 03:57 pm (UTC)
Take YG with him!! Good fucking riddance!!
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