K-POP star sentenced to three years in prison for prostitution


Seoul, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean military court sentenced shameful K-pop star Seungri to three years in prison for crimes involving the provision of prostitutes to foreign businessmen.

The Pentagon said a former member of the boy band Big Bang was also fined 1.15 billion won ($ 989,000). He was detained after being sentenced by the Army Court in Yongin, near Seoul.

Lee Seung-hyun’s real name, Seungri, was charged in January 2020 on multiple charges, including providing illegal sexual services to corporate investors in Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong from 2015 to 2016. .. He was also convicted of spending money from Seoul. The nightclub he ran violated the law prohibiting gambling abroad by making large bets on foreign casinos between 2013 and 2017. He denied most charges.

His case was transferred to a military court after joining the army in March last year for 21 months of military service. This is the requirement for the most healthy men in South Korea due to the threat from rival North Korea.

Yonhap News Agency reported that Seung-Ri was dressed in combat uniform and appeared in court and repeatedly shook his head when the judge announced his decision.

After his debut in 2006, Seungri was one of K-POP’s biggest stars before falling out of grace, with the success of the Big Bang, which gained a lot of support in Asia and elsewhere in the world. Forbes magazine reported that in 2016 the group had a pre-tax profit of $ 44 million the previous year.

Seungri left the group in 2019 after the media reported the charges of prostitution. His case is one of several scandals that have caused a sensation in the Korean entertainment industry in recent years.

In 2019, singer Jung Joon-young was convicted of an illegal sexual relationship with an irresistible woman and was sentenced to six years in prison and five years of former boy band member Choi Jong Hoon.