K-pop star Seungri could face 3-year prison over sex-drugs scandal

  • Music
  • Tuesday, 09 Apr 2019

Seungri, center, member of a popular K-pop boy band Big Bang, arrives at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 14, 2019. After their stunning retirement announcements, two K-pop stars including a member of the superstars Big Bang are facing police questioning over a series of interlocking scandals that have roiled South Korea for weeks. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Seungri has not been arrested yet but that has not stopped speculation over what lies ahead for him. The former BigBang singer has been booked for various offences, from procuring sexual favours for would-be investors to sharing an obscene photograph.

There is also talk that he and Yuri Holdings chief executive Yoo In-suk embezzled money from their club Monkey Museum. Would he have to pay a heavy price for his alleged misdeeds?

Dwelling on this matter on KBS show Entertainment Relay last week, lawyer Kim Kwang-sam said Seungri, 28, could be jailed for two to three years. He noted that the offences that the singer was booked for “aren’t crimes that receive long sentences”.

“Even if he is given a sentence, it’ll be two to three years, and there’s a possibility he’ll be able to get on probation instead.”

But the eventual punishment will also depend on what new evidence the police can unearth. News outlet Ilyo Shinmun previously reported that prostitutes were procured for Seungri’s birthday party in the Philippines in 2017.

The prostitutes allegedly received four million won (RM12,500) each.

On April 7, broadcaster Channel A provided an update on the police investigation, revealing that eight women, who attended Seungri’s birthday party, were professional escorts.

The authorities confirmed that Seungri took care of the travel expenses for the escorts though the singer insisted that he paid the bills for all the folk, and not just the eight women, who attended the Philippines bash. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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