February 27, 2019 12:45
Seung-ri of boy band Big Bang is being investigated after allegations that he supplied prostitutes for foreign investors, police said Tuesday.
An entertainment news website published what it claimed were text messages exchanged by Seung-ri and an executive at his company, Yuri Holdings, identified as Yu, urging another staffer to take good care of an investor from Taiwan.
Seungri writes to the staffer, "It looks like a client came from Taiwan, so make sure and do whatever he wants."
Yu also tells the staffer, "I'm getting some prostitutes ready, so make sure the two men all go to their hotel rooms." The staffer then chimes in to say, "The two men have been sent off" to their hotel rooms. It is unclear whether the investors then made use of the prostitutes' services.
Seung-ri and Yu established Yuri Holdings in March of 2016 to manage the pop idol's restaurant and entertainment businesses.
In December 2015, when the alleged text messages were exchanged, the company was busy soliciting potential investors. The Taiwanese investor apparently attended Yuri Holdings' shareholders meeting five months after the hotel incident.
Seung-ri has been under intense public scrutiny after a nightclub called Burning Sun that he ran was busted for plying female guests with date-rape drugs and dragging them into VIP rooms filled with wealthy clients. He has stepped down from his position as co-CEO of Yuri Holdings, and Burning Sun has closed down.
YG Entertainment, which represents him, said in a statement, "After verifying with Seung-ri, the website in question was found to have published fabricated text messages. We intend to take vigorous legal action against fake news and rumor-mongering."
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