K pop star Seungri announces retirement from popular boy band Big Bang after charges of sex bribery

The 28-year-old wrote on Instagram: "I have decided to retire because the controversy has become so big."
News,K-pop,K-pop star SeungriThe 28-year-old wrote on Instagram: "I have decided to retire because the controversy has become so big."
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South Korean pop star Seungri announced that he will retire from showbiz following his arrest in a sexual bribery case. Seungri of popular boyband Big Bang was charged with supplying prostitutes which he has vehemently denied. His retirement comes with immediate effect and Seungri will be leaving the band which has sold over 140 million records since their 2006 debut and are known as the "Kings of K-pop". The 28-year-old wrote on Instagram: "I have decided to retire because the controversy has become so big."

Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, had already cancelled all planned engagements in February, and the March shows of his solo tour. In a statement he apologised to his fans, and promised to "sincerely participate in investigations into all allegations", reported BBC.

As per reports, Seungri was arrested after Seoul police raided a nightclub on Sunday in order to gather more evidence against him. Reports also suggest that Seungri used to operate through various nightclubs in Seoul’s Gangnam district and even attempted to introduce escorts to foreigners to encourage them to invest in his business ventures.

News of Seungri being potentially involved in this illegal trade surfaced last month after local media disclosed social media messages that sparked allegations that Seungri attempted to buy illicit sex services for potential foreign investors, reports stated. Many fans were left shocked after the news surfaced but some had called for him to leave Big Bang as the scandal snowballed.

Once known as "the Great Gatsby of Korea" for his lavish lifestyle, Seungri is now expected to face imprisonment, if proved guilty, as prostitution is illegal in South Korea.

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