10:18 pm - 07/25/2019

Illegal Adult Entertainment Businesses Reportedly Operating in the Building Owned by Daesung

On July 25, Channel A’s “News A” exclusively reported that a building in the Gangnam district owned by BIGBANG’s Daesung may contain illegal entertainment businesses.

Daesung, who is currently completing his mandatory military service, purchased the building in 2017 for 31 billion won (about $26.3 million). “News A” reported that five of the floors on that building, contrary to what was reported on the official building register, were operating adult entertainment businesses. “News A” further reported that some of those businesses mediated prostitution services.

The building is located in the heart of the Gangnam district and likely brings in 100 million won (about $85,000) per month in earnings from the leasing alone. According to the building register, floors 5-8 are supposed to operate various restaurants and a photography studio.

The “News A” production staff went directly to the building and found that there were no signs advertising those businesses on the outside of the building and that three floors could not be accessed through the elevator. The eighth floor, which was supposed to contain a photography studio, was fenced off and not accessible to the public.

The reporters confirmed that those businesses could only be entered by official members and concealed the nature of their business from the general public. An internal source claimed that prostitution was also taking place at those businesses, suggesting that customers would be with women at the business for a few hours before heading out together.

“News A” also interviewed neighbors who stated that those businesses only opened at night and that frequently women would enter rooms full of men and be escorted out to expensive imported cars.

Daesung’s real estate representative stated, “Daesung is the owner of the building but he is not in any way affiliated with its businesses. He thought that the businesses were operating as they said they were on the business licenses. We will check whether illegal business activity is taking place and cancel our lease with those tenants who are breaking the law.”

sources: soompi, @instiz, channel a, naver

it's hard to believe that a building owner would not check on what kind of businesses are actually operating in their own building, unless i guess these tenants came after he enlisted, but even then it's... so it is possible i guess but i'm still wary considering everything related to yg and all, even as a daesung stan

also i wasn't sure what to tag this with, sorry mods, i hope the tags are okay?

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juhli Pic of the building and another article25th-Jul-2019 06:11 pm (UTC)

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Via dailynaver:

Interest regarding Big Bang Daesung's Gangnam building that's under suspicion of being a front for illegal prostitution activities is growing.

Daesung's building is located in the center of Hakdong, at the intersection of a 3-way station about 660m away from Apgujeong station on Bundang line. Around the Hakdong intersection there are apartments, schools, banks, wedding halls, parks, plastic surgery clinics, coffee shops, restaurants, theaters, and concert halls, all categorized as promising commercial districts.

There's a Starbucks on the first floor of the building with outdoor billboards on the rooftop which also generate separate income. Daesung purchased the building in 2017 using bank loans for 31 billion won and has so far added about 14 billion won in equity. Monthly rental income is reportedly about 100 million won. The building is set to grow in price even more due to the Warye-Sinsa rail line that's scheduled to open in the area in 2026.

According to Daesung's real estate agent, there's no way Daesung could have known the complex was being used as a front for illegal activities as the businesses began operations in 2005 and Daesung only reviewed the "details of the lease" before purchase.

The agent said, "Daesung is only a building owner and has nothing to do with the business. If we find out that the tenants were using the complex to run illegal entertainment activities we will terminate our contracts with them."

However, controversy is growing because owners are responsible for maintaining their buildings. Even if Daesung didn't know, as the owner, he won't be able to avoid responsibility.

Edited at 2019-07-25 06:11 pm (UTC)
921227 25th-Jul-2019 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yikes but its entirely possible he had no idea.

Many people are building owners and have no hands on work with the day to day operations of a building ie upkeep, tent, inspections etc. He likely has property managers that deal with that stuff & then they compile reports that are also probably foisted of onto someone else.

Im not sure what legal ramifications it makes for him tho
psharp10 25th-Jul-2019 06:37 pm (UTC)
hmm i guess it does make sense, especially now seeing that those businesses have been running since 2005
but idk, with all that's been coming out recently, i've just become very wary, even as a daesung stan lol

Edited at 2019-07-25 06:37 pm (UTC)
lil_poisonfrog 25th-Jul-2019 06:48 pm (UTC)

So do ya'll think that story about him hitting the motorist who was already dead was real or just another police-assisted coverup?
psharp10 25th-Jul-2019 06:51 pm (UTC)
this is probably me hoping and my bias still figuring itself into this somehow but i do think that his accident was truly an accident and not a police assisted cover up
scionofawhisper 25th-Jul-2019 07:09 pm (UTC)
Either he's lying or he's dumb, lmfao.
daynr 25th-Jul-2019 07:22 pm (UTC)
Well this is disappointing.

But I do think it's plausible for a building owner who is not managing the building to not necessarily know what is happening. It depends on if he's turned management over to a management company, or if it's just like, his mom or business manager, then this could be more negligent. Depends on who he has running the show, because it would make sense to me that an entertainer in the military may not be very hands on. "Real estate rep" in English is pretty vague.

Then there is the question if he chose a management company that would maximize rentals, or one that was scrupulous about obeying the laws....
dongsaengkiller 25th-Jul-2019 07:23 pm (UTC)
Sigh. Not saying he should be inspecting things himself but he should at least have a property manager who should absolutely know. He screwed up. And saying “I didnt know” makes him incompetent at best, a liar at worst.
kcaomei 25th-Jul-2019 07:23 pm (UTC)
i mean it's really not that wild for a building owner to not be savvy to what their tenants are up to. property managers handle all of the tenants/maintenance/rent collection/evictions/etc. even if neighborly complaints were made, it would be to the property manager and may never have reached daesung himself. it's not like daesung is going to the property on a regular basis to check on things lol it could be different in korea but i know a lot of people who rent out property.

although i'm still so sus of anything YG related, who knows anything anymore lmao
lizanka23 25th-Jul-2019 07:34 pm (UTC)
it could be he knew about these services but didn't care or he didn't know what kind of businesses are operating from his property. prostitution is pretty widespread in seoul even though it's illegal. i remember reading there are so many businesses that disguise themselves as something else but actually turn out to be prostitution services
evilcoc0nut 25th-Jul-2019 07:52 pm (UTC)
lol here we go again. remember everyone said seungri didn't know anything about burning sun either.
benihime99 25th-Jul-2019 07:53 pm (UTC)
most people who own multiple buildings (or even just one) don't manage them
They usually pay a building manager

But in the light of the burning son case I can see why people would question his involvement

Edited at 2019-07-25 07:54 pm (UTC)
blck_ink 25th-Jul-2019 09:07 pm (UTC)
him being from yg makes everything supicious. i have friends who've been living in thekr place for years and have never seen or met their building's owner so yeah daesung could've very well not be aware of what has been going. but then again i can't be 100% sure cause:yg.

QUESTION: how do y'all feel about taeyang? i've been seeing many people prasing him as the ony "innocent" one from the yg bunch but i've also seen people saying he's basically guily by association...
seulgibear 25th-Jul-2019 10:00 pm (UTC)
there’s this

i kind of regret looking up this tweet because of all the lunatics i had to see but yeah i’d say it’s safe to say 🚮
stephantasm 25th-Jul-2019 09:11 pm (UTC)
Being irresponsible and rich isn't an excuse so all these extra words some of y'all are using... Keep it.
evilcoc0nut 25th-Jul-2019 09:50 pm (UTC)
lol exactly. :x
aeipathy 25th-Jul-2019 09:19 pm (UTC)
so reddit r/kpop seems dead set that he knew and was involved, twitter is the usual oppa is innocent hdu you suggest anything else, and here it's maybe he knew maybe he didn't but let's not be naive. i dont browse any other sites related to kpop but it's always interesting how i can always predict the different reactions to scandals on the aforementioned 3 ha
lil_poisonfrog 25th-Jul-2019 09:28 pm (UTC)
That's funny bc I usually feel like our reactions and r/Kpop would be switched lol
annayism 25th-Jul-2019 09:39 pm (UTC)
he 100% knew this was going on in his building. there is no way he didn't. piece of trash.
nana_the_dwarf 26th-Jul-2019 12:33 am (UTC)
I would be more inclined to believe him not knowing about it if the whole BS bullcrap hadn’t happened, buuuut...
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