Seungri was recently sentenced to prison for his involvement in the Burning Sun scandal. The former K-pop star was initially charged in 2020 before being called up for military service.
On August 12, 2021, the Yonhap News Agency reported that Seungri, 31, (real name Lee Seung-Hyun) had been sentenced to prison. The verdict was announced last Thursday in Yongin, Seoul, South Korea.
Seungri is a former K-pop star and a member of the boy band Big Bang. After being sentenced to three years in prison, the disgraced singer was immediately jailed before the Army General Court.
The Department of Defense also fined him $ 989,000 before being taken into custody. The former artist in his military uniform is said to have shaken his head in disbelief when the judge announced the verdict.
Seungri has faced several charges, including gambling and prostitution abroad, in connection with his involvement in the Burning Sun nightclub scandal in the Gangnam neighborhood of Seoul. The star landed before a military tribunal after signing up for the army.
Disgraced ex-K-pop star Seungri is sentenced to three years in prison by a military court for arranging prostitution and other charges related to a sex and drug scandal.
The singer of the popular boy band BIGBANG has been found guilty on all nine counts against him pic.twitter.com/vOncJ25Zf8
– AFP News Agency (@AFP) August 12, 2021
The star’s case was brought to a military tribunal after it was drafted in March 2020. Because of the ongoing war with North Korea, he had to register for a mandatory 21-month military service in South Korea.
The former musician was initially charged with various charges in January 2020. The charges included running an unlicensed adult entertainment company and embezzlement.
# Kpop superstar #Seungri has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined $ 989,000 for crimes including providing prostitutes to foreign business people https://t.co/H8CQgxMmhG pic.twitter.com/PfLGkPLkrw
– Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) August 12, 2021
The former singer was charged with finding prostitutes for investors from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries. He is said to have participated from December 2015 to January 2016.
Seungri didn’t leave the band until 2019 after the media started covering his criminal activities.
His actions were aimed at securing investments in the Burning Sun Seoul nightclub and funding for other companies affiliated with it. The star is also said to have embezzled millions of his club funds.
When this case surfaced in 2019, his fans, journalists and other fans began harassing them for just talking about it in hopes of clearing his name.
Even after he was sentenced to three years in prison today on charges such as pimping, some stand behind him
– Hyunsu Yim (@hyunsuinseoul) August 12, 2021
From December 2013 to August 2017, Seungri habitually gambled with billions at stake in Las Vegas and allegedly violated the Foreign Exchange Transaction Act.
Seungri has been one of the biggest K-pop stars since Big Bang successfully built a huge following in Asia and other parts of the world. In 2006 the band debuted for the first time.
In 2016 Forbes magazine reported that the group had posted $ 44 million in pre-tax profit in 2015. Seungri didn’t leave the band until 2019 after the media started covering his criminal activity scandal.
Before his conviction, the South Korean military prosecutor of the former singer had hoped to get a five-year prison sentence for him, according to a report by Rappler from July 2021.