Former BIGBANG’s Seungri will be released from prison on February 11th. Will he have a place in the industry to return to?
Seungri was sentenced to 1 year and 6 months in prison for habitual gambling of 1.883 million dollars (about 2.4 billion won) on a total of 8 occasions from December 2013 to August 2017.
Seungri is getting released from prison after 1 year and 6 months. In 2019, Seungri, who was pointed out as a key figure in the Burning Sun case that shocked society, was forced out of the entertainment industry after being accused of arranging prostitution, violating the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, and violating the Act on Aggravated Punishment for Specific Economic Crimes, in addition to habitual gambling.
After the incident, Seungri was kicked out of his agency YG Entertainment and his group BIGBANG.
As the Burning Sun case is an event that caused a great social impact, it seems that it will not be easy for Seungri to return to Korea’s entertainment industry. As more than 8 million social network accounts of sex offenders have been deleted, Seungri’s communication with the public is not expected to be easy.
How do industry insiders predict the possibility of Seungri’s comeback?
An official from an entertainment company in Taiwan answered, “I think it’s possible” to TV Report’s question, “Is Seungri’s comeback possible in Taiwan?”
Another official predicted, “It won’t be difficult for Seungri to resume his activities overseas. He has a well-established network throughout Asia, there will be a lot of things for him to do even not as a celebrity.”
A domestic entertainment official who is familiar with the domestic and international entertainment market said, “It will be difficult for Seungri to return to Korea as an entertainer or business for a long time, but it will be possible overseas.” I see,” adding, “Personally, I hope Seungri will not remain as a precedent for the successful comeback of a person who caused social controversy.”