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Korean police questioning 2 K-pop stars in sex scandals

15 March 2019

Seungri, whose boyband Big-bang have sold more than 140 million records, has been charged with supplying prostitutes to potential business investors - and police reportedly found Jung's videos while investigating that case. YG Entertainment, which is tied closely to the stars at the center of the scandal, has seen its stock fluctuate this week as high-profile K-pop singers tied to it were implicated in the illegal activity.

According to a Korean message shared on March 14 and translated by Soompi, the former Highlight member wrote that he "never participated in the illegal acts of taking hidden camera footage or circulating it", but had "participated in inappropriate conversations" regarding a video that another K-pop idol, Jung Joon Young, allegedly sent him.

"I once again lower my head and apologize to the people and all others who were hurt", Seungri said, before entering the police station.

They include singer-songwriter and television personality Jung Joon-young, 30, who is at the centre of the filming allegations.

Jung is scheduled for a round of questioning by the Seoul Metropolitan Police on 14 March.

Lawyers for Jung could not be reached for comment.

Local broadcaster SBS reported that Jung, 29, used hidden cameras to film unsuspecting victims and shared the footage with members of a chatroom who included BigBang singer Seungri.

The scandals have highlighted a dark side of South Korea's booming yet ultra-competitive entertainment industry.

After news of the charges against Seungri broke, YG Entertainment - the company that owns Bigbang - saw its shares fall 15.6 per cent, BBC said.

"If the agencies do not give sufficient care to their stars, including education and stress management, they will end up raising walking time bombs", said another industry commentator, Kim Sung-soo. According to the Seoul Police, Jung joon Young who is now in his 30s, has been suspected of violating the sexual violence laws in Korea which prohibit the non - consensual filming as well as sharing of intimate videos.

The scandals have rocked K-pop, which has a global fan base and generates billions of dollars for the South Korean economy.

A petition calling on the president to crack down on predatory and corrupt practices the scandals have exposed has gathered more than 200,000 signatures.

Shares of Lee's agency, YG Entertainment, fell more than 20 percent after his sex bribery scandal was first reported on February 26, while shares of other top music companies have also taken hits.

According to a report on The Korea Herald, YG Entertainment on Wednesday announced it is ending its exclusive contract with Seungri as per his request.

But some fans are already walking away. "In the past month, I have been criticized and hated by the people, and now all the domestic investigative agencies are investigating me".

However, he's not the only K-Pop star to come under fire in the past few days.

Korean police questioning 2 K-pop stars in sex scandals