By Lee Gyu-lee
Thai businessman known as 'Bob'
SBS TV's "Unanswered Questions," an investigative program, first reported in March that Seungri invited a group investors from Thailand and Hong Kong, among others, to his birthday party in December 2017 and provided them with prostitutes. Without identifying them, it also reported that rapes occurred in the "Burning Sun" club, the management of which Seungri had been deeply involved in.
It was Thai media outlets that identified Chavanos Rattakul, also known as Bob, CEO of food fund company Origin Food and a director of St. Andrew's International School, as the Thai participant in the Seungri party and who allegedly committed the rape last December.
The victim appeared on JTBC's "Spotlight" investigative program to claim that she was drugged and physically abused after she refused to have sex with him. But he denied the allegations in an interview with a Thai TV program.
In the latest development, MBC's journalism program "Straight" reported his close links to YG CEO Yang Hyun-suk. It claimed that Rattakul was among the investors who received prostitutes from Yang in July 2014.
Fugitive Malaysian businessman
Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, 38, is the latest name to join the list of those linked to the scandal. MBC's "Straight" program reported that he was provided with a prostitute by Yang in July 2014, along with "Bob." Malaysian local media outlet Malaysiakini further reported, Tuesday, that Korean singer PSY introduced Low to Yang.
Low is on Interpol's wanted list on suspicion of embezzling billions from the government-run company 1Malaysia Development Berhad, using his ties with Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak. Low dated Australian model Miranda Kerr.
"Unanswered Questions" revealed Seungri's business partner and close Taiwanese friend. Nicknamed "Madam Lin," she was one of the largest shareholders in the Burning Sun club, investing1 billion won for a 20 percent stake. She is suspected of money laundering through the club using her connections with Seungri.
She is the wife of a multi-billionaire who runs a casino in Macau. Taiwanese news outlets reported that she acquired her wealth from illegal online gambling sites.
"Unanswered Questions" reported that a Japanese VIP was among those who received sex services at Seungri's birthday party, which was held in the Philippines in December 2017.
Koji Aoyama, who is suspected of being the VIP, uploaded multiple posts on his Instagram account denying his involvement in the ongoing accusations. He also said he is looking at taking legal action against Korean news outlets that covered the scandal and named him.
Several Korean news outlets have reported the VIP's identity as Aoyama, the CEO of Japanese construction company KRH and husband of a famous Japanese actress.
He reportedly invested in a couple of Seungri's businesses including BC Holdings and Aori Ramen. He is known as the "Ferrari Prince" for his hobby of collecting expensive sports cars.
Heiress to Spanish football club
"Unanswered Questions" also reported a suspected link between Singaporean socialite Kim Lim and Seungri. Lim allegedly was part of the group for whom Seungri procured prostitutes.
After the report, she said on Instagram that she has nothing to do with Seungri's sex scandal and will take legal action on any further reports mentioning her name.
Lim, 27, is the daughter of billionaire Peter Lim. He is one of the wealthiest men in Singapore and owns Spanish football club Valencia.
Singer Psy has denied any involvement in the recent scandal surrounding Yang hyun-suk, the head of his former agency, YG Entertainment. Yang who is alleged to have procured prostitutes for two foreign investors from Southeast Asia in 2014, claimed Psy introduced one of the two men to him.
The man is Malaysian fugitive financier, Low Taek Jho, known as Jho Low, an acquaintance of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. He is currently on Interpol's red list and is wanted by the authorities in Malaysia and the United States for allegedly pocketing billions of dollars from a state-run development company.
Via social media, Wednesday, Psy admitted that Jho Low was his friend.
"I met him when I was performing overseas and he was active in Hollywood. I introduced him to Yang. Whether he is a good man or not, it is a fact that he was a friend of mine," he wrote.
"When he and his acquaintances came to Korea, Yang and I attended a dinner at their invitation. We only ate and drank at the dinner and Yang and I left afterwards," Psy added. "At the time I thought it was only a gathering with friends from a faraway country. I'm sorry for causing stir with this case."
Yang, too, denied he had procured sexual services for the two wealthy businessmen, claiming only to have attended the dinner with Psy.
On Monday, MBC's investigative TV program "Straight" reported Yang had arranged a dinner party for Low and another investor from Thailand, known as Bob, attended by 25 women including 10 prostitutes, and offered escort services to them at the nightclub NB, which Yang is the de facto owner of.
Low also denied the allegations raised by the TV show through a statement released by his attorney in the U.S.
"Mr. Low is a friend of Psy, and through him met Yang Hyun-suk. He was never involved in, nor aware of, any conduct of the kind alleged in the MBC Straight report," the statement read.
Source: The Korea Times (1, 2)