1:05 pm - 03/16/2019

Burning Sons mini news round-up for today

Police conduct search and seizure of of Jung Joon Young's and Burning Sun employee Mr. Kim's houses

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Provincial Special Detective Division received search and seizure warrants to investigate Jung Joon Young’s and Mr. Kim’s houses. Mr. Kim is a Burning Sun employee who was in a chatroom where illegal hidden camera photos and videos were shared amongst Seungri, Jung Joon Young, and more. It was also reported that Mr. Kim set up the cameras.

The police began searching their homes around 2 p.m. KST. This follows the 21-hour questioning of Jung Joon Young at the police station.

During the investigation, Jung Joon Young submitted three cell phones. These cell phones are currently undergoing a mobile forensics process. However, due to the possibility of having old phones saved as unused phones, a search and seizure warrant was carried out.

Furthermore, the police have relayed that an arrest warrant will be requested soon.


In other news, former FTISLAND member Choi Jong Hoon will be investigated as a suspect for suspicions related to illegal hidden cameras tomorrow (March 16) at 10 a.m. KST.

Choi Jong Hoon to be investigated for hidden camera suspicions + police officer questioned for his drunk-driving cover-up

According to news outlet Newsis, former FTISLAND member Choi Jong Hoon will be investigated by the police tomorrow at 10 a.m. KST.

Choi Jong Hoon will reportedly be investigated as a suspect by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Provincial Special Detective Division team. Yesterday, it was revealed that Choi Jong Hoon allegedly shared a photo of a woman sleeping in a group chatroom. Therefore, he has been booked on suspicion of spreading illegal photos/videos.

He is also under suspicion of requesting the police to cover up news of his drunk driving incident in 2016 which did not become public knowledge until recently. There has been further criticism of him as he reportedly went to a club in Taiwan with Seungri within a month of his drunk driving case.

According to a police source, the lieutenant related to Choi Jong Hoon’s drunk driving case has been investigated. Lieutenant A was a team leader in the Traffic Investigation Unit at Yongsan Police Station at the time of Choi Jong Hoon’s case. The source said, “I heard that lieutenant A was questioned, but circumstances of close ties have yet to be confirmed.”

Chatroom messages revealed Choi Jong Hoon talking about his drunk driving case in March 2016 and Seungri noting that the CEO of Yuri Holdings helped Choi Jong Hoon cover up the news by using a lot of money.

Lieutenant A is currently not receiving external calls. It appears as though he will not be working at his precinct station for a while according to reports. Another police source who worked with lieutenant A at the time said, “At the time, there was no instance of a higher-up saying, ‘Make sure news doesn’t come out,’ and giving pressure.” However, police officers have noted “that most celebrity drunk driving cases become known to the press, so Choi Jong Hoon’s case not being reported is somewhat odd.”

Previously, Choi Jong Hoon was investigated by the police as a witness in the suspicions of prostitution mediation against Seungri.

After admitting to drunk driving, Choi Jong Hoon announced his departure from FTISLAND and his retirement. He later released an apology.

Choi Jong Hoon arrives at police station + apologizes to victims



On March 16, Choi Jong Hoon arrived at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency for questioning and stood before the press at 10 a.m. sharp KST.

The former FTISLAND member, who is currently under investigation for allegedly spreading illegally taken photos and videos, made a brief statement before entering the police station. After bowing his head, Choi Jong Hoon announced, “I will earnestly participate in the police’s investigations. First, I’m sorry for causing trouble to our society, and I will earnestly undergo investigations.”

When asked if the suspicions that he had spread videos of sexual activity were true, Choi Jong Hoon replied, “I’m sorry.”

However, when asked about the allegations that he had requested that the police cover up news of his drunk driving incident, he denied them with a simple “No.” He also denied that he had personally asked Yoo In Suk, the former CEO of Yuri Holdings, to do so for him. When asked to name the police officer who had sent him a text message on his birthday, Choi Jong Hoon replied, “I don’t know.”

Finally, when asked if he had anything he wanted to say to the victims, Choi Jong Hoon said again, “I’m sorry.”

2D1N to go on indefinite hiatus following JJY's controversy

“2 Days & 1 Night” will be suspended indefinitely.

Although Jung Joon Young was removed from the program, many viewers called for the show to halt production as Jung Joon Young was brought back after his first controversy in 2016.

On March 15, the program shared the following statement:

KBS “2 Days & 1 Night” will be halting broadcasts and production.

KBS has banned singer Jung Joon Young, who is being investigated for the filming and circulating illegal footage, from all programs. Furthermore, it has been decided that “2 Days & 1 Night” will halt broadcasts and production for the time being. With this, another program will be scheduled to take the “2 Days & 1 Night” time slot starting this week.

In consideration of the viewers who wait for “2 Days & 1 Night” every Sunday evening, we reviewed the option of editing out singer Jung Joon Young from all the footage of the two episodes that have been filmed. However, realizing the severity of the matter, the decision was made to reorganize the program overall.

KBS deeply apologizes for not managing our cast members thoroughly, and we will prepare measures to avoid a recurrence.

Especially as singer Jung Joon Young had a similar controversy three years ago, we feel strong responsibility for simply accepting the decision of the investigative authorities to acquit him and not verifying completely before deciding on his return to the cast.

KBS will prepare fundamental measures including intensified screening of cast members in order for a similar incident to not occur again.


Further allegations made against Seungri regarding prostitution services and tax evasion

On March 15, Channel A’s “News A” reported that they received information about a tip the police received containing allegations against Seungri for providing prostitution services.

According to “News A,” the informant is a prominent business figure in Gangnam who has watched Seungri’s activities from close by. The informant stated that when officials from Japanese construction company “K” visited Korea, Seungri entertained them at Burning Sun. He also allegedly sent Korean women to Japan for the purpose of prostitution.

The tip also states the exact price of sending the women overseas. In response to the report, a source from Seungri’s team stated, “That never happened. He’s just friends with the CEO of company ‘K,'” and denied the allegations.

“News A” also reported that Seungri is under suspicion of tax evasion. In 2016, Seungri founded the company BC Holdings with Yoo In Suk, the CEO of Yuri Holdings at the time, after which they invested more than 30 billion won (approximately $26.5 million) in companies, including Korean fund management company Peregrine Investments.

They then purchased ready-mixed concrete companies, invested in Vietnamese corporations, and expanded their business. The National Tax Service focused on the origin of the 30 billion won (approximately $26.5 million) and began internal investigations as to how a new company like BC Holdings with capital of just 50,000 won (approximately $44) raised funds of over 30 billion won.


As allegations continue to surface against Seungri, the singer has announced that he’ll request to delay his impending military enlistment and fully cooperate with ongoing investigations.

On top of his KakaoTalk group chatroom controversy where illegal clips of women were shared with Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and others, Seungri is also facing accusations of gambling overseas and providing sexual escort services to business partners.

Jung Joon Young reportedly received services from prostitute as gift from former Yuri Holdings CEO

KBS has reported that Jung Joon Young received services from a prostitute arranged by Yoo In Suk, the now former CEO of Yuri Holdings.

The March 15 broadcast of KBS1’s “KBS News 9” included a report on Yoo In Suk, who recently underwent police questioning for allegations of providing prostitute services for business investors. He is known for being Seungri’s business partner, and he has been named as the “problem solver” in the group chatroom that also includes Seungri, Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and four other individuals.

KBS shared recreated screenshots of a conversation between Yoo In Suk and Jung Joon Young from December 25, 2015 (Christmas day). In the conversation, Jung Joon Young gave an address to Yoo In Suk, and then asked him if he should just send the prostitute back afterwards. Yoo In Suk confirmed that with symbols for laughter.

Jung Joon Young replied, “She seems to be an expensive ***,” and Yoo In Suk said “Yes” with more symbols for laughter.

“Okay. Is she coming now?” asked Jung Joon Young, and Yoo In Suk replied, “Yes, she will be there in 30 minutes.”

30 minutes later, Jung Joon Young asked him, “Hyung. Why isn’t my gift here?” KBS stated that the services from a prostitute appeared to be given to him as a Christmas gift.



In a conversation from April 7, 2016, Jung Joon Young also told CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun that he had met prostitutes in Berlin and had sex. He told him that the women there were good and explained that many were Romanian.



KBS news stated that in addition to charges of the filming and sharing of illicit videos, Jung Joon Young may also be investigated for prostitution. South Korea’s law for criminal jurisdiction follows the nationality principle, meaning that its nationals can be prosecuted for crimes such as sex tourism committed abroad.


Sources: Naver (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) and YTN News via Soompi (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
happypurinsu Overview16th-Mar-2019 12:54 pm (UTC)
A full timeline (with links) that's being continuously updated:
https://www.reddit.com/r/kpop/comments/b0isrw/timeline_of_burning_sun_seungri_jung_joon_young/


CONFIRMED
Seungri (Big Bang) [retired]
Jung Joon Young (singer) [retired]
Choi Jong Hoon (FT Island) [retired]
Yong Joon Hyung [Highlight) [retired]
Lee Jong Hyun (CNBlue) [no news yet]
Yoo In Seok (PHB's husband) [retired]
Kwon Hyuk Joon (SNSD Yuri's brother)
Gangnam police officer Kang [dismissed]
- his rank was as Senior Superintendent

RUMOURED
Zico (Block B)
Roy Kim (singer)
Eddy Kim (singer)
Choi Tae Joon (actor)
Darren Wang (Taiwanese actor)
Josh Carrott (famous YouTuber)
Tyler Kwon (SNSD Jessica's partner)
Madam Shim (compiling info about her)

CLEARED*
Lee Hong Ki (FT Island)

*keep in mind that 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 by a reporter). Especially true about those who have openly been close to either (or both) Seungri and JJY for years.

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CHATROOM 1)
1) Seungri (formerly of Big Bang)
2) Jung Joon Young (former singer)
3) Choi Jong Hoon (former FT Island)
4) Yoo In Seok (ex-CEO of Yuri Holdings)
5) Mr. Kim (former club MD of Burning Sun)
6) Kwon Hyuk Jun (SNSD Yuri's big brother)*
7) A currently unnamed former YG employee**
8) Friend of JJY (appeared with him on a show)***

*Kwon is Mr. A in most reports
**Most likely Mr. B, named Mr. Heo
***Mr. C; Choi Tae Joon or Josh Carrott(?)
-> the last two are still unconfirmed identities.

Apart from sending each other pics & videos of unaware, drugged, raped women, they allegedly also ran a legit prostitution ring:
> Mr. Yoo was the main "provider" of women (and took care of keeping stuff low-key)
>> Seungri distributed said women to the clubs/"events", both in Korea and abroad
>>> Jung Joon Young "bought" same women for his own "entertainment"
>>>> Mr. Yoo even sent "an expensive slut" to JJY as Xmas present
>Mr. Yoo also made CJH's drunk driving incident "go away"
>>Kwon was kicked out of the group after caught doing drugs
>>>Mr. Yoo was the one in contact with the unnamed police chief

!i!Please note that there are several other chatrooms, both groups and 1-on-1, with even more people involved, including Lee Jong Hyun and Yong Joon Hyung.
The initial chatrooms were from about 8 months in 2015-2017 and contain tens of thousands of messages. More is expected with the newly obtained phones.

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With the confirmation of a high-ranking police offer's involvement, let's recall the fact that the initial victim, Kim Sang Kyo, was first beaten by the Burning Sun staff, then later also several times by the police officers who came to arrest and detained him. And that all the women who accused him have close relations to Burning Sun (not saying he didn't do shit, but it's worth noting). He also stated he had witnessed the use of drugs at the club, which may be the reason he was targetted - and that one of his alleged victims was Aena, BS staff who is also said to be a drug pusher. But that's speculations on my part.

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OTHER PEOPLE

Oh Hyuk Jin
- Political journalist who first reported on Burning Sun. Has said he will release more info in 4 days* and went "dark".
Has previously worked with and again working with Noh Seung Il. (*about 2-3 days left now)

Noh Seung Il
- Oh Hyuk Jin mentioned him, saying he was assisting Hyuk Jin with the Burning Sun work.
He's credited with being the first to report on the corruption of Choi Soon Sil.

Kang Kyung Yoon
- First reporter on the Kakaotalk chatrooms of Seungri and Jung Joon Young; received the messages from lawyer Bang, on the request of the informant. She has been investigating Seungri since his birthday escapades in the Philippines in 2015. Also met victims.

Bang Jeong Hyun
- Lawyer who received a chat document from an informant and sent it to the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (as opposed to the police). He also shared them with Kang Kyung Yoon (see above). https://twitter.com/ahenemfwkfwlso/status/1105829209098907649?s=21
happypurinsu Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 12:55 pm (UTC)
Someone asked about reporter Oh, this is what I found:
"...he works for Korea Security Daily News (website: www.ksdaily.co.kr ), in the Political and Social Affairs section. He reports especially about the National Assembly so mainly politically related news. In his profile, he says he promises to be the voice of people. All his reports can be found here: http://www.ksdaily.co.kr/news/articleList.html?page=1&total=4392&sc_section_code=&sc_sub_section_code=&sc_serial_code=&sc_area=I&sc_level=&sc_article_type=&sc_view_level=&sc_sdate=&sc_edate=&sc_serial_number=&sc_word=ohj11&sc_word2=&sc_andor=&sc_order_by=E&view_type= (his name in hangeul is 오혁진 ) Basically a lot of economic reports about investors and KOSPI, his investigation about Arena club, PC Bang murder, KT' illegal donations to politicians or Korean Air Hanjin group tax evasions."
happypurinsu Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 12:58 pm (UTC)
A sudden realization on my part, but I find it interesting how linked SNSD is to this:

Hyeoyeon was at BS as a performer on the date of Kim's assault (pictured with Seungri)
Yuri's older brother, Kwon Hyuk Jin, is confirmed as one of the chatroom participants
And Tyler Kwon, Jessica's partner and boyfriend, is also rumoured to be involved

Yet no male SM artists have been connected to any of this so far.
goshipgurl Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 01:24 pm (UTC)
As a Sone, their connection to this scandal worries me a lot. Sunny also left a comment on JJY's Insta a long time ago (but recently deleted it after fans told her to do so), so I assume they know each other and are friends/close.

As for Hyoyeon, wasn't she a DJ the night BEFORE the assault, and pictures of her and Seungri only got uploaded a day later?
So far Tylor Kwon is only rumored because he's close with Seungri, so I pray to the Gods that he has nothing to do with all of this, but...... I expect the worst.

But thanks for your work and all the comments in these posts!
happypurinsu Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying SNSD is directly connected (and I know you're not claiming I did; just a general clarification), but it sure is worrying.

Hyeyeon is listed here ( https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KXZTli96tU6UefIYbGPpu7A_Jualodp55nJwlyfS1olaoEHYrEcgBoZ3aVXi7gCnyWo5ypmeEoXHKdP6nfMkqr4i19DPtkVUmw=s0-rw ) on the timetable for November 23rd, but please note that her time was after midnight, making the actual date of her performance November 24th - the day of Kim's assault.
cuizy RE: Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah I wonder... not just gg but I’m sure they are close with other females in the industry... do they know about this? Do they turn a blind eye? Or is it a situation where they just know their friend sleeps around a lot.
pepsi_twist9 Re: Overview17th-Mar-2019 12:32 am (UTC)
Seungri and Yuri went to school together. They've said on shows they only really started talking because they were celebs that shared classes but that they weren't that close (that's what they said, I'm not saying it's true or false). Seungri tried to hookup Taeyang with Yuri at one point but it flopped and they didn't really interact after that.

I don't know when Yuri's brother met/became friends with Seungri so I can't comment on that.
evilcoc0nut Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 04:18 pm (UTC)
Ahh I was hoping someone would mention the sketchy stuff behind the KSK thing. That came out day s ago and hardly anyone was talking about it.
happypurinsu Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 05:10 pm (UTC)
Might have been buried by everything else + the sexual harassment accusations that made people less sympathetic towards him.
But with confirmation of the senior officer's involved, I decided to bring back light on it because it was part of the overall cover-up.
myungung Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 04:30 pm (UTC)
thanks for the updates, it must not have been easy
happypurinsu Re: Overview16th-Mar-2019 05:12 pm (UTC)
Setting it up was a lot of work, but updating it now isn't too overwhelming~
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