Police plan to request an arrest warrant for Seungri (29), a former member of the group Big Bang who is accused of sexual favors and embezzlement, on May 8th.
Police plan to request an arrest warrant for Seungri (29), a former member of the group Big Bang who is accused of sexual favors and embezzlement, on May 8th. This will make him the second celebrity to receive an arrest warrant in connection with the Burning Sun case after singer Jung Joon-young (30), who has been arrested on charges of illegal filming and distribution.
The intelligence crime investigation unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said it plans to file a preliminary arrest warrant for Seungri and his business partner Yoo In-seok (34) – former CEO of Yuri Holdings, for violating the law on the prostitution and other acts, as well as a violation of the law on certain economic crimes.
Police are said to have secured evidence to support Seungri and Yoo’s alleged involvement in the prostitution service provided to a group of Japanese businessmen from Mr. A’s company during Christmas in 2015. Police believe that some of the seven members of the chairman A’s group at the time had bought sex.
Police are investigating 17 women involved in the prostitution scandal at the time. Police confirmed from the women involved that Yoo In-seok called the women to serve Mr. A’s group when they came to South Korea and then transferred the payment to the women’s bank accounts. Most of the women accused of prostitution reportedly admitted to the charges in the police investigation. A police official said that Yoo has given an explanation with the intent of admitting to the crime. However, Seungri still denies all charges.
Separately, police are also investigating allegations that there were sexual services at a foreign investor party at the Club Arena in Gangnam in 2015 and Seungri’s birthday party in Palawan, the Philippines, in 2017. However, Seungri reportedly denied the charge of arranging prostitution at the aforementioned event.
Police are also investigating Seungri and Yoo for allegedly siphoning off some of the 2 billion won in Burning Sun’s funds.
After the Burning Sun scandal broke out, police have summoned Seungri as a witness and suspect a total of 19 times to investigate on alleged sexual favors, embezzlement of funds, violation of the Food and Hygiene Act and collusion with the 49-year-old Yoon police officer (49).
“We plan to apply for a warrant to arrest Seungri and Yoo In-seok sometime today,” a police official said. “If the arrest warrant is issued, we will focus on a thorough interrogation on all charges that Seungri has denied.”