10:15 pm - 03/18/2019

Burning Sons news round-up (18/03/2019)

Police book senior officer suspected of covering up criminal activity in chatroom controversy

The police have booked Senior Superintendent Yoon, who was previously suspected of misusing his position to help cover up criminal activity in the ongoing chatroom controversy, as a suspect.

Senior Superintendent Yoon was previously suspected of being involved in the chatroom case regarding Seungri, Jung Joon Young, and other celebrities. He confirmed during his questioning on March 15 that he is an acquaintance of Yoo In Suk, the former CEO of Yuri Holdings and also a member of the chatroom. However, he denied that he misused his position to cover up criminal activity.

On March 18, Commissioner General Won Kyung Hwan of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency stated in a press conference, “We have reassigned Senior Superintendent Yoon to another station, and as of yesterday, we have also taken the same measures for three employees affiliated with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency who are under suspicion of corrupt ties.” He added, “We will take severe measures against anyone connected to the suspicions of corruption, regardless of their rank.”

The police are in the process of booking the three employees as well as Senior Superintendent Yoon. They will be charged with leaking official confidential information.

Lee Myung Kyo, head of the Investigation Department at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, stated, “We have obtained a testimony that [the witness] received a request from Senior Superintendent Yoon to ‘look into whether the police agency was informed of the issue we cracked down and whether it is worthy of such action.’ There are additional aspects we must verify, such as what information he conveyed, through whom he conveyed it, and how he conveyed it.”

The head also mentioned the police’s ongoing investigation about Seungri allegedly providing sexual escort services to foreign investors. He said, “It’s difficult to state the concrete details as of now, but we have obtained a testimony that holds significant meaning for the suspicions we have. We are currently looking into the additional suspicions that have been raised about being involved in prostitution abroad and gambling.”

Police book 40 individuals on drug-related crimes in clubs including Burning Sun’s CEO

40 individuals, including Burning Sun’s CEO Lee Moon Ho, have been booked for the distribution and usage of drugs.

On March 18, during the press conference at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, a source from the agency stated, “After the Burning Sun incident, we have booked 40 individuals [for drug-related charges]. Among them, we booked 14 Burning Sun employees and jailed three club MDs [merchandisers, also known as promoters]. There are 17 suspects involved in other clubs.”

It was also revealed that nine of these individuals were involved in the distribution of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a drug suspected of being used to rape women.

The source stated, “We have jailed the nine individuals who have not only used drugs, but also distributed them online. In CEO Lee’s case, we will question him as a suspect for distribution and usage of drugs on March 19 at 10:30 a.m.” Including his previous investigations under various divisions, this will be his fifth investigation with the police.

Previously, Lee Moon Ho shared his side of the Burning Sun assault case in an interview. He denied being investigated by the police in the past for the use of illegal drugs, and contested his positive drug test results. He then explained his connection to Club Arena, the club involved in the chatroom controversy, and said that Club Arena and Burning Sun were not related. Additionally, he denied the use of GHB at Burning Sun.

Military Manpower Association to amend law to prevent suspects from escaping to army + Seungri submits request to delay enlistment

Seungri has officially requested to postpone his military enlistment, and the Military Manpower Administration plans to make an amendment to the law to prevent people from enlisting as a way of escaping from unfavorable situations in life.

On the morning of March 18, at the plenary session of the National Defense Committee, Commissioner Ki Chan Soo of the Military Manpower Administration responded to a question about what would happen if Seungri does not request to delay his enlistment. The session was held before Seungri submitted the request.

He stated, “The National Defense Committee does not have the legal power to postpone his enlistment. Using this case as a lesson, we are planning to make an amendment to the law to allow the Military Manpower Administration to postpone one’s enlistment if one causes a societal uproar, enlists for the purpose of escaping from reality, or if there is a request from an investigative authority to delay the enlistment. We are sorry that we did not come up with such measures despite having had similar cases in the past. Following this incident, we will make sure to revise the law.”

Jung Kyung Doo, the Minister of National Defense, stated, “[Currently], If one is indicted by the prosecution, there are legal grounds to delay their enlistment, but because [that is not the case], we cannot [postpone Seungri’s enlistment]. [If he enlists], we will cooperate with the police to allow for a thorough investigation that abides by the law.”

Previously on March 15, Seungri announced his plans to postpone his enlistment. On the afternoon of March 18, his lawyer Son Byung Ho confirmed, “Seungri submitted a request to delay his enlistment today. We are hoping the Military Manpower Administration will grant the request.”

Meanwhile, the Center for Military Human Rights Korea is pressing for the postponement of Seungri’s enlistment. They stated, “When a case that involves several people is investigated by two entities (the military and the police), it becomes more difficult for the investigation to be handled properly. Because Seungri will stand trial alone at a military court, it is hard to ensure that the decision made will be consistent with those of the other suspects. The military service is not a prison sentence. It is an insult to the nation’s soldiers who are serving their country to consider enlistment as a means of self-reflection and atonement.”

President Moon Jae In orders thorough investigations on cases of Jang Ja Yeon, Burning Sun club and more

On March 18, South Korean President Moon Jae In received reports of the cases regarding the late actress Jang Ja Yeon, former Vice-minister of Ministry of Justice Kim Hak Eui, and the club Burning Sun. The president responded by ordering a thorough investigation to be performed on all three cases.

President Moon Jae In began, “There are cases that show extremely strong suspicions in the eyes of our citizens, but the truths haven’t been discovered for a long time, and [the truth for] some of them were even concealed.”

The president acknowledged the fact that the cases all happened within the privileged class, and there are suspicions that investigative organizations such as the prosecution and the police deliberately performed weak investigations to protect the suspects and conceal the truth in the past.

He continued, “If we fail to clarify the truth behind the cases that occurred within the privileged class, we will not be able to talk of a righteous society.”

Regarding the allegations of high-rank officers using their power to protect the suspects in various cases, the president said, “These cases may have happened in the past, but keep in mind that revealing the truth and exposing embarrassing facts [about themselves] in order to be reborn as trustworthy investigative agencies is a mission that needs to be carried out with responsibility by the current leaders of the prosecution and the police.”

He added, “The prosecution and the police will not be able to restore their fairness and public’s confidence in them as inspection agencies if they fail to reflect on their past of being powerless regarding the cases involving influential people, as well as clearly revealing the truth behind suspicions of deliberately performing weak investigation to protect and conceal [the truth from coming out].”

The president also mentioned the cases regarding clubs in the Gangnam District. He called out for a thorough investigation to be performed on the allegations of the club owners using illegal methods of running the establishments, such as providing drugs and sexual favors to their customers, as well as receiving special treatment from authoritative organizations.

The president continued by saying that while these particular cases happened in the past administration, there is a possibility that crimes with similar patterns may have happened during the current administration. Therefore, he mentioned the need for a thorough investigation and questioning that punish all people regardless of their social standing.

President Moon Jae In concluded by addressing the key point of the cases. He said,” The key point is to discover the tangible truth behind the cases and the suspicions of special treatment given by investigative organizations such as the prosecution, the police, and the National Tax Service.”

“The powerful people with connections were able to hide the truth and receive acquittal for the illegal activities and crimes they committed, while powerless citizens who were unfairly victimized had to tremble in fear without the protection of the law,” continued President Moon Jae In.

“I emphasize once again that if we are unable to straighten out [the truth], we will never be able to talk of a righteous society. I ask that the Minister of Justice and the Minister of National Security take responsibility to reveal the truth and clarify each and every suspicion that was raised about the various cases.”

Sources: Naver (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) via Soompi (1, 2, 3, 4)

omg I’m so sorry for the previous errors skdhsk I hope I did everything right this time ;;
happypurinsu Overview 118th-Mar-2019 02:29 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)
Senior Superintendent Yoon [dismissed]
Former police officer Kang [arrested]
Lee Moon Ho (Burning Sun CEO) [no news]

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)
Kangin / Kim Young Woon (Super Junior)
Jeong Jin Woon (2AM)
Lee Cheol Woo (model)

Cha Tae Hyun (actor) [hiatus]**
Kim Joon Ho (comedian) [hiatus]**

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.

**Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Joon Ho, who were 2D1N cast members with JJY, were caught doing illegal betting/gambling in one of the chatrooms found in JJY's phone;
So far, they have not been connected to anything else. A PD of 2D1N was also involved, and the show has been discontinued and taken off air for now.

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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 Yoon

!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.
happypurinsu Overview 218th-Mar-2019 02:30 pm (UTC)
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. (*1 day left now)

Noh Seung Il
- Oh Hyuk Jin mentioned him, saying he was assisting Hyuk Jin with the Burning Sun work.
He has been 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


*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."

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At least two police officers* have been confirmed involved:

Senior Superintendent Yoon, now dismissed and under investigation, was chief of public security in Gangnam police station even worked at the Blue House. He is Mr. Yoo's police contact and is said to be the one who took care of CJH's drunk driving incident some years ago. He admits knowing Mr. Yoo but denies any wrongdoings.

Mr. Kang, a former Gangnam police officer that now works at a cosmetics company with ties to Burning Sun. He took care of more internal BS matters, such as letting minors enter and consume alcohol at the club; the cosmetics company hosted some of these events at BS. He has now been arrested.


With the confirmation of police 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.


*there's speculations that a third police officer is involved.
happypurinsu Re: Overview 218th-Mar-2019 07:47 pm (UTC)
New police info:

Yoon has been booked for leaking duty secrets together with other 2 officers - a Mr. A, an employee at the Intellectual Crime Investigation Department in the Korean National Police Agency, and Mr Kim who is Lieutenant at the Suseo Police Station and who had worked in Gangnam Police Station too. Yoon was dispatched to the Senior Presidential Secretary for Civil Affairs Office at the Blue House on the second half of 2017 (under Moon Jae In, who became president of SK in May, 2017).

Also, according to the police, superintendent Yoon was introduced to Yoo by a businessman acquaintance at the beginning of 2016. Yoon, Yoo and CJH have admitted to playing golf together, and CJH even gave his wife VIP concert tickets.

happypurinsu Overview 318th-Mar-2019 02:51 pm (UTC)
Reasons why people are on the rumoured list:

Zico (Block B):
He and JJY openly talked about JJY's "golden phone" on a talk show back in 2016, about how Zico would spend hours going through it. He has since tried to backpaddle by claiming it was because of "contacts information". What speaks in his "favour" at the moment, is that he seemingly cut ties with JJY shortly after the episode was aired (did he reveal too much?).

Roy Kim & Eddy Kim:
Both of them have been known as close friends of JJY for a long time, and even made questionable remarks about "women that JJY knows aren't good" while on a show. They were among the first to be speculated about. No further news.

Choi Tae Joon & Josh Carrot:
Both have been privately linked to JJY for a while (Josh since their school days) and have also been on shows with him, and it's rumoured one of them is the Mr. C in the original chatroom. In my opinion, it might be more likely be Josh, due to the phrasing "friend" rather than "celebrity".

Darren Wang:
This actor has ties (confirmed through photo evidence) to Seungri and being present at Burning Sun. He has denied, but so far no other news.

Tyler Kwon:
Tyler has had shady rumours following him for years and, with the confirmed connection of his buddy Kwon Hyuk Joon, Tyler also was quickly speculated about.

Madam Shim:
A mysterious woman tied to the darker side of entertainment and with connections to high-ups who seem to cover her actions. I'm still compiling info, and there's a lot, including the suicide of Jang 10 years ago.

Kangin & Jin Woon & Cheol:
Based on one of the revealed chatrooms from JJY's phone, in which he bragged to LJH about "hanging out" with prostitutes in Berlin, these three are rumoured involved in soliciting prostitution as they were his cast members on the trip; "2 of his 3 cast members joined him and the women".

Cha Tae Hyun & Kim Joon Ho:
In another chatroom from JJY's phone, these two - along with a PD of 2D1N - were caught gambling illegally with each other. Both have apologized and gone on hiatus, and the show has also been taken off the air. So far, there's no further indication that they did more crimes.

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Why did FNC "abandon" CJH but "protect" LJH?

1) LJH is close with the CEO of FNC, and there's likely something more going on between them
2) LJH is a shareholder of FNC (remember the controversy with him and Yong Hwa about stocks some time ago?)
3) It's never been a secret that FT Island is meant as a "prototype/beta test" for CNBlue, pushing CNBlue to be more important (read: money) from the getgo.

Edited at 2019-03-18 03:05 pm (UTC)
rainstormraider Re: Overview 318th-Mar-2019 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all this.
You and the OP are the true MVPs here.
xoxkenzxox 18th-Mar-2019 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for keeping us updated.

Also, what does "book" mean? I don't speak legal. Were they arrested? Are they going to jail? are they going to be held for interrogation? I'm trying to remember from all those law and order episode when they say "book 'em" but I don't really know what it means
happypurinsu 18th-Mar-2019 03:02 pm (UTC)
It means that they have been put on official record as a suspect (e.g. registration of all their private information + photo & fingerprints, along with the charges against them) but may not yet be jailed, meaning they are still free to move around (though not allowed to leave the country). If they are detained, they might get out on bail.


PROCEDURE
1) Investigation -> the gathering of evidence for a possible arrest. The time between investigation to arrest can vary from instantly (e.g. caught drunk driving) to years (e.g. in corruption cases). Warrants may also be part of the investigation, and investigations will often continue after an arrest has been made.

2) Arrest -> if the police deem the evidence worthy of an arrest (in certain instances they need a prosecutor or judge to approve first), they keep the suspect in their custody. A suspect has to be either released, booked or presented to a judge within 24-48 hours of their arrest.

3) Booking -> while in custody, the police will record the suspect's information together with the charge(s). A suspect is also allowed to make a phone call, usually to a lawyer. It will then be decided by a prosecutor if the suspect should be released, released on bail, or stay in custody.

Edited at 2019-03-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
goshipgurl 18th-Mar-2019 04:04 pm (UTC)
I was wondering the other day if this will have any effects on Korea's tourism. K-pop is like (one of) THE reason why people visit Korea. With this scandal and the problem of spycams, molka, drugging people in clubs and stuff, I wonder if less women decide to visit Korea for the sake of their safety.

It's definetly damaging their image, so the government should not fuck around and investigate this properly.
modestgoddess79 18th-Mar-2019 04:14 pm (UTC)
the spycams definitely make me second guess wanting to visit, I wouldn't feel safe in my hotel room or using public restrooms or changing rooms
daynr 18th-Mar-2019 07:28 pm (UTC)
I am glad President Moon made a statement pointing out that revealing past mistakes is important to recover their reputation, and that there may still be problems but his ministers should get on it.

Thanks OP, it was good to read about the police bookings and the Presidential statement.
lizanka23 18th-Mar-2019 07:45 pm (UTC)
its good that there is finally a statement from the president but hopefully they will develop a concrete plan of tackling corruption in the justice system with actual steps and not just empty platitudes. he was after all elected because he was seen as more progressive than the previous president. Also besides economic inequality it would be great if sexism was addressed like how spycam cases against women are taken less seriously than against men by the police

edit: and finally it's being addressed how celebs run off to the military when they've done something terrible so the public can forget about it. i wonder why the article says the investigation of seungri might be ineffective though if it takes place while he's in service? does this mean his service won't be postponed?

Edited at 2019-03-18 09:14 pm (UTC)
veep_throat 18th-Mar-2019 08:58 pm (UTC)

Ugh jonghyun is fucking shameless. Wish shit would be revealed about ceo han

coyote_revolver 18th-Mar-2019 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks OP for the round-up posts. May justice be served, though it seems the "higher players" seem to be evading everything so far.
nightly_visitor 18th-Mar-2019 09:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, this whole scandal reads as a bad monopoly play. Who knew that it would turn up like this?
girlknees 19th-Mar-2019 01:03 am (UTC)
The former police officer Kang works for VT Cosmetics (the one BTS is collating with).
Our office is right next to theirs (we’re also in the cosmetics industry) and apparently our VP is close with him. He just tolds us during our morning meeting. makes me question some of the connections my company might have... Gangnam is such a shady place.
22_taken 19th-Mar-2019 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this compilation, OP!
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