4:43 pm - 03/15/2019

Burning Sons 2nd mini news round-up for today

Darren Wang's agency to take legal action against rumours connecting him to Jung Joon Young's group chatroom

Taiwanese actor Darren Wang is the next to take legal action about malicious rumors.

Rumors about the actor arose due to photos that he took with Seungri, including one taken at Burning Sun in January.

On March 14, his agency posted via social media, “The malicious rumors regarding Darren Wang that are circulating online are not true,” and added, “He is simply friends with Seungri, and he did not perform any immoral acts.”

The agency added, “We ask for the false rumors to be deleted and no longer be spread and circulated. We will take legal action for the protection of his rights and interests.”

Meanwhile, Darren Wang is set to arrive in Korea on March 21 to promote his film “Fall in Love at First Kiss.”

Lee Chung Ah's agency files request for investigation on false rumours tied to Jung Joon Young
On March 15, her agency Kings Entertainment once again reiterated that she only filmed a music video with Jung Joon Young in 2013 and has no other relations with him. However, groundless rumors have still been circulating, and the agency “can no longer ignore those who harm the image, honor, and character of the actress.”

The statement explains, “In addition, also for the sake of the many other celebrities being harmed, we judged that it would be best to take strict action. Through the law firm Moonmoo (Head Lawyer Jo Soon Yeol) as the legal representative, we decided to request a highly intensive investigation about the initial writers of the rumors and those who spread and circulated them.”

The agency submitted a formal request for investigation to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency through the law firm on March 15.

“As series as this matter is, we will take strong legal action without any settlement or leniency for the protection of our actress’s rights and interests. We will also work to take strong legal action so that additional harm is not received in the future,” the statement concludes.

Fan community asks for Lee Jong Hyun's removal from CNBLUE

Following revelations of CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun being involved in an illicit chatroom with Jung Joon Young, some fans have requested Lee Jong Hyun’s removal from CNBLUE.

On March 15, a statement was posted on the DC CNBLUE Gallery demanding his removal. They mentioned that “Lee Jong Hyun has forgotten his duties as a public figure, a CNBLUE member, a singer, and as a person, has caused public criticism, and has tarnished the images of CNBLUE and FNC Entertainment.”

The statement continues, “He was revealed as a member of a controversial 1:1 chatroom and he forgot his duties as a public figure when he continued such acts like saying remarks that objectify women without any restraint. He is consistently being silent without giving a genuine apology or self-reflecting. While the argument regarding the illegality of Lee Jong Hyun’s actions will be revealed through the police investigation, we cannot accept and be consumers of Lee Jong Hyun’s activities considering the social perceptions of sexual assault and the fact that the majority of the fandom is comprised of females.

It concludes, “We strongly demand as of March 15, 2019 that Lee Jong Hyun be removed, not suspended, from the group. However, this is unrelated to the opinions of the CNBLUE members. We will respect the members’ opinions.”

Earlier today, FNC released a statement regarding Lee Jong Hyun’s controversial chats with Jung Joon Young. Previously, FTISLAND’s Choi Jong Hoon decided to leave FTISLAND and retire from the industry after his messages in a chatroom with Seungri, Jung Joon Young, and more were revealed.

Military Manpower Association gives official response to possibility of Seungri delaying enlistment

The Military Manpower Administration has released an official statement in response to Seungri’s announcement of requesting the postponement of his military enlistment.

The following is the full statement:

The Military Manpower Administration hereby gives the following statements regarding singer Seungri’s (full name Lee Seung Hyun) delay of his military enlistment.

There are no legal grounds that grant the Military Manpower Administration the power to postpone the enlistment date of a person who has been notified to enlist.

However, if the person has reasons that prevent him from enlisting on the scheduled date and thus makes a request to delay his enlistment date, [the Military Manpower Administration] will review whether or not [the date] can be delayed in accordance with Article 129 Paragraph 1 of the Enforcement Decree of the Military Service Law.

For your information, there has been a case in the past where one made a request to delay enlistment for being under investigation and [the request] was approved.

The following are possible grounds that allow postponement of enlistment according to Article 129 Paragraph 1 of the Enforcement Decree of the Military Service Law.

1. A person who is unable to fulfill his military duty due to an illness or mental disorder.

2. A person whose family member residing in the same household, such as his lineal ancestor or descendant, spouse, sister or brother, is greatly ill or has passed away, and thus requires him to care for the family member or make funeral arrangements.

3. Omitted through No. 7

8. Person who has difficulties carrying out his military duty for other inevitable reasons.

Police identify officer with suspected connection to Seungri, Jung Joon Young and more

A suspect has been identified for the police officer with ties to members of the controversial chatroom including Seungri and Jung Joon Young.

It was first reported on March 13 that there appear to have been potential connections, and the Commissioner General of the Korean National Police Agency backed up these allegations. Additional messages and evidence of corruption were revealed by SBS.

Suspected figures including Kang Shin Myung, former Commissioner General of the Korean National Police Agency, and Lee Sang Won, former Commissioner of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, denied involvement.

Seungri, Jung Joon Young, former Yuri Holdings CEO Yoo In Suk, and a former club employee were questioned from March 14 to 15, and they identified the “police chief” in question to be someone of senior superintendent rank.

The police has summoned senior superintendent officer “A” as a suspect. He is being questioned about interacting with the individuals involved including Seungri and Jung Joon Young and whether he misused his power to assist them.

Disciplinary action for “A” will be considered once the results of the investigation are released.

Sources: Naver (1, 2, 3), Nate, Yonhap News and Military Manpower Association via Soompi (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
happypurinsu 15th-Mar-2019 11:00 am (UTC)
A full timeline (with links) that's being continuously updated:

Seungri (Big Bang) [retired]
Jung Joon Young (singer) [retired]
Choi Jong Hoon (FT Island) [retired]
Yong Jun Hyung [Highlight) [retired]
Lee Jong Hyun (CNBlue) [no news yet]
Yoo In Suk (PHB's husband) [retired]

Kwon Hyuk Jun (SNSD Yuri's brother) - drugged & filmed women
Zico (Block B member) - at least borrowed JJY's "golden phone"
Tyler Kwon (SNSD Jessica's partner & boyfriend) - participant
An unnamed police chief who covered up all of their crimes

Roy Kim (singer)
Eddy Kim (singer)
Choi Tae Joon (actor)
Darren Wang (Taiwanese)

Lee Hong Ki (FT Island)

Mr. Yoo was the one who outed the police chief; the others just backed his claim up.
Mr. Kim is confirmed as a Burning Sun employee; still not entirely sure who Mr. Heo is.
Kwon Hyuk Jun was the Mr. A who got kicked out of the group 'cause he was caught doing drugs.

There's also a lot of rumours about a "Madam Shim" involved in the clubs/prostitution.

It's falsely reported that one of the involved reporters has gone missing
(he's stated that he would go "dark" for 3-4 days before releasing more info)

2D1N has been put on indefinite hiatus; KBS has set the videos to 'private'.

*just because they or their agency denies, it does not mean they are not involved, as was evident with both Choi Jong Hoon and Lee Jong Hyun. To be cleared, a non-biased source must confirm (such as a reporter). Especially true about those who have openly been close to either (or both) Seungri and JJY for years.
dantethetaco 15th-Mar-2019 11:11 am (UTC)
Wait, why is Choi Taejoon being rumored? I'd be so shocked if he was involved in this because he seemed to be so sweet when he was in Hello Conseulor, and he seemed to be genuinely concerned about a lot of the people that went there.

Also, thank you for keeping a record on all of this, it's becoming quite confusing to keep up with all the news coming out.
happypurinsu 15th-Mar-2019 11:17 am (UTC)
Because he's one of the closest friends of JJY, and Seungri even went to his birthday party.

Also, generally comment not to believe "public images", as they are literally trained to appear "sweet".

And, no problem! I'm trying to figure out the roles of the various reporters and lawyers involved right now.
dantethetaco 15th-Mar-2019 11:26 am (UTC)
Ugh, knowing how little JJY thinks of the things he's done, he probably was like that around anyone close.

Regarding the image, yeah I'm aware of that. It's just that someone who seemed quite progressive thinking in a lot of the issues on the show would actually be involved in all of this is a bit shocking.

I've tried keeping up with the lawyers and reporters but there's so many translations and misstranslations and outright falsedad reports... it's a mess right now. Hope you are able ti do It! Fighting!
sweetestbliss1 15th-Mar-2019 01:54 pm (UTC)
I hope for Park Shin Hye's sake that Choi Tae Joon is innocent....but given that he is close to JJY, he probably knows stuff, so.....
cuizy 15th-Mar-2019 09:42 pm (UTC)
A sad thing about this saga is that while I am aware these ppl’s public image may be different from their private, I didn’t realize how bad it could get. Like they all seem normal on the surface level on shows. And making me doubt basically all the other male idols.
xoxkenzxox 15th-Mar-2019 02:32 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I'm still waiting for Roy Kim to be cleared. I went back and watched him on Celeb Bros with JJY and they seemed to have a scary close friendship. JJY even asked if he could date/marry Roy's sister. To which Roy responded HELL NO. He likely knew what kind of person JJY was with females...Also, Roy has also been silent on social media. He usually posts every couple of days but he's been silent for over a week.
happypurinsu 15th-Mar-2019 02:38 pm (UTC)
(Not saying you're one of them, just generally speaking)
Many people seem so eager for him to be uninvolved, there have been several false reporting that he's cleared, but he really hasn't - yes, he wasn't in the first chatroom, but it's been revealed there are several more, both group chats and 1-on-1 (which Choi Jong Hoon and Lee Jong Hyun were members of). Was he a direct participant? It's too early to say. But from what's been revealed, his TV appearances included, he more likely than not knew what JJY (& co.) were up to regarding abuse of women.

Edited at 2019-03-15 02:39 pm (UTC)
xoxkenzxox 15th-Mar-2019 03:01 pm (UTC)
I completely understand and that's why I am waiting for an official report of whether or not he's cleared. I don't want to falsely accuse him nor do I want to falsely say he is innocent.

Honestly, I don't watch much Korean variety so I don't really know about friendships of idols/singers/actors/etc. I also don't know the other individuals on the list other than Roy. I have just been a fan of Roy's music for a long time. (never did like JJY's music ever though it's the same style). Only time will tell when all the individuals of all the chats are revealed.

Again, thank you so much for this summary to help us keep us updated and organized!

Image result for thank you kpop gif
ashdevilrun23 15th-Mar-2019 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this mini round up it's really helping me keep things straight
happypurinsu 15th-Mar-2019 02:53 pm (UTC)
No problem! There's constantly new information being released, it's hard to keep track of it all.
lizanka23 15th-Mar-2019 05:02 pm (UTC)
thank you for this update and also for the disclaimer at the end so delusional fans won't take agency statements at face value
daynr 15th-Mar-2019 06:54 pm (UTC)
as we get deeper and deeper, these roundups are amazing.

Also, somehow doing drugs is going to far, but use them freely on the ladies! The gall.
happypurinsu 15th-Mar-2019 07:00 pm (UTC)
It was less about him actually using drugs, and more about the fact that he jeopardized them all by getting caught. Unlike with CJH's drunk driving incident, Mr. Yoo was unable to shield him, and it ended up in the news (although, it didn't gain that much attention back then).
oh_folk 15th-Mar-2019 09:06 pm (UTC)
Not surprised Tyler Kwon is rumored. He has always seemed shady as fuck.
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