K-pop star Seungri jailed for scandals

Seungri, the disgraced former member of K-pop boy group BIGBANG, was sentenced to three years in prison by a military court on several counts, including mediating prostitution and gambling. ‘foreigner.

The Army General Military Court in Yongin, south of Seoul, on Thursday also ordered the immediate detention of the scandal-ridden celebrity, a 31-year-old man whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun.

Seungri was tried by the military court because he enlisted in the military in March of last year following his indictment in January of the same year on numerous charges, which also include exploitation. of an unlicensed adult entertainment establishment and embezzlement.

Seungri has come to the fore in a high-profile sex and drug scandal surrounding Burning Sun, a Seoul nightclub affiliated with him, which rocked the K-pop industry in 2019.

He was charged with procuring prostitutes for investors from Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and other countries from December 2015 to January 2016 in order to secure investments for his nightclub and other businesses.

He was also charged with embezzling approximately 528 million won (A 628,000) of his club funds and habitually playing in Las Vegas from December 2013 to August 2017, with combined play money from approximately 2.2 billion won (2.6 million A) to stake.

He allegedly broke the foreign exchange trading law in the process.

During the hearings, Seungri denied most of the charges, saying his business partner was responsible for prostitution and that he had not traveled to the United States to gamble.

But military prosecutors demanded a five-year prison sentence and a 20 million won (AU $ 23,500) fine for Seungri in the previous July 2 hearing, saying he had “shown no remorse. and laid the blame on other people despite the fact that he profits a great deal from his crimes. “

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