“Why do you say irrelevantly, a clear kiss mark on your cheek. Unforgettable last night, a hot night. Don’t ask my age”
This is part of the lyrics of Seungri’s solo song “Strong Baby” released in 2008. You can feel Seungri’s guts in this song. It seems as if he expressed the misconception that it is natural for a top star to have sex with many women.
Seungri, who shouted “A hot night” on stage, was not much different in reality. Seungri arranged prostitution several times to investors from Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong to attract investment for clubs and financial investment businesses from December 2015 to January of the following year. From ramen restaurant to club, Seungri, who was reborn as a businessman, even used his lust to succeed.
In the group chat room, Seungri instructed his acquaintances, “Make sure to give them everything they want. Call the girls. It looks like there are guests from Taiwan. Do it right. Don’t screw up. What about the girls? Go with the ones that give it good.” Singer Jung Joon-young said, “Chinese guys probably prefer plastic girls.” The level of conversation they had was disastrous.
His lust was more evident when he was with his close friends. 14 people, including Seungri, Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon, illegally filmed videos of women’s bodies and gang rape, uploaded them to the group chat room and chatted as if they were bragging. Jung Joon-young said in the group chat room, “A is the X that me and B ate.” Then Seungri replied, “I’m going to eat too. Is there anyone who has her number?”
When the incident became a problem, Seungri admitted to sharing illicit footage, but denied taking it and said it was a photo from an acquaintance. Jung Joon-young is currently in prison on charges of sharing and distributing 11 illegal filming videos.
Seungri was also sentenced to 1 year and 6 months in prison by the Supreme Court on May 26th. There were a total of 9 charges, including habitual gambling, sexual violence crimes (prostitution, prostitution mediation, using camera, etc. to record), violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Economic Crimes… Seungri, who had been imprisoned in a military prison, was transferred to a civilian prison as the Supreme Court confirmed his punishment.
Seungri, who received worldwide love as Big Bang’s youngest member, and Jung Joon-young, who continued to succeed in every solo song after “Superstar K”, was put behind bars. This includes former F.T. Island member Choi Jong-hoon. Along with Jung Joon-young, Choi Jong-hoon was handed over for trial on charges of gang rape and illegal filming of women. He was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison at that time and was released from prison last November.
There are seniors who were in jail before them. Go Young-wook was sentenced to prison for sexual assault and forced molestation of minors. After serving 2 years and 6 months, he wore an electronic anklet for 3 years after being released from prison. He kicked off his return through Instagram in November 2020. The sense of guilt was nowhere to be seen.
Of course, things did not go the way Go Young-wook wanted. His Instagram account was forcibly closed 2 days after opening. Sex offenders were not allowed to communicate. In fact, on the website of the Instagram Customer Center, you can find a notice saying, “Convicted sex offenders cannot use Instagram.”
For the same reason, the Instagram accounts of Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon, who were sentenced to prison, were also blocked.
Seungri’s Instagram is also drawing attention. Seungri’s Instagram has been suspended since his retirement announcement in March 2019, but all the posts he has uploaded so far remain. The account has 8.11 million followers. However, Seungri’s Instagram account is highly likely to be closed soon.
Regarding this, cultural critic Jeong Deok-hyun told Ten Asia, “If you look at Instagram’s bylaws, it’s true that Seungri’s Instagram will also be closed (after conviction). I wonder why it hasn’t been dealt with yet. If he caused trouble, it’s right to apply the same as in the previous cases.”
Go Young-wook, Seungri and Jung Joon-young. They were stars in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, but became criminals and were “kicked out” of the entertainment industry.
In the past, there were TV programs and fandoms that accepted stars if they wanted to return even if they caused social controversy.
However, it does not seem easy anymore because Instagram accounts, which stars usually use as the main weapon of their return, have been blown up. We hope that Seungri and Jung Joon-young will not follow the return routine of their “cell” senior Go Young-wook after being released from prison. It is a mistake to think that the public will forget about it after a while.