Tax Officials Probe YG Entertainment

  • By Choi Kyu-min

    March 21, 2019 11:52

    The National Tax Service has launched a probe into YG Entertainment, the talent management agency that used to represent Seung-ri of boy band Big Bang, who has been engulfed in a widening scandal.

    According to sources, NTS investigators raided YG Entertainment's headquarters in Hapjeong-dong in northwestern Seoul on Wednesday and seized documents.

    The probe is not believed to be a routine inspection, which is conducted every five years, because YG's last one happened in 2016.

    YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk is suspected of being the real owner of a nightclub called Love Signal in the trendy Hongik University area that was widely thought to be run by Seung-ri. He is accused of registering it as a restaurant instead of a bar to avoid taxes.

    Meanwhile, the Military Manpower Administration on Wednesday authorized a deferment submitted of Seung-ri's draft while he is being investigated on charges of pimping and aiding and abetting drug peddling and sex abuse at a nightclub he owned.

    Seung-ri was scheduled to start his military service starting on March 25, but that has now been deferred for three months. The K-pop idol had been accused of trying to escape the scandal into the relative anonymity of military service. 

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