Fallen Pop Idol Grilled Over Gambling Charges

      August 29, 2019 09:58

      Ex-Big Bang member Seung-ri appeared for police questioning again on Wednesday on charges of illegal gambling overseas.

      The former head of his ex-management agency YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun-suk, is being questioned on the same charges on Thursday.

      Seung-ri speaks to reporters at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Wednesday. /Yonhap

      Korea is a rare country that punishes gambling by its nationals even in countries where that is perfectly legal. But it needs to establish a paper trail, and according to police, there is evidence that Seung-ri and Yang gambled billions of won in casinos in Las Vegas and borrowed U.S. dollars that were later repaid in Korean won back in Seoul.

      Seung-ri admitted most of the charges against him but denied violating Korea's foreign exchange laws.

      At the crux of the investigation is the source of the money the two gambled with. They face embezzlement charges if they used YG Entertainment funds. Police raided YG Entertainment headquarters on Aug. 17 to find evidence.

      Yang has already been indicted on pimping charges for supplying prostitutes to a wealthy Southeast Asian investor at a posh restaurant in Seoul in 2014.

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