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Former Big Bang singer reportedly convicted of arranging sex services for potential business investors


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Seungri, real name Lee Seung-hyun, retired from showbusiness as the scandal mounted và later enlisted in the military. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images
Seungri, real name Lee Seung-hyun, retired from showbusiness as the scandal mounted and later enlisted in the military. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

A military court jailed the disgraced former K-pop star Seungri for three years on Thursday for arranging sex services and other charges stemming from a sex and gambling scandal, according to reports.

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The 30-year-old singer from the popular boyband Big Bang, who retired from showbusiness as the scandal mounted và later enlisted in the military, was found guilty on all nine counts against him, according khổng lồ various truyền thông media reports.

Big Bang enjoyed widespread fame after their 2006 debut, và Seungri – real name Lee Seung-hyun – went on to lớn become a successful businessman.

He was convicted of arranging sex services for potential investors in his business, as well as overseas gambling at luxurious casinos in Las Vegas involving illicit foreign exchange transactions.

“It is hard to lớn see the defendant was not aware of financial payments paid khổng lồ the women for sex,” the judge, Hwang Min-je, was cited as saying. “It appears that he carried out systematic sexual prostitution.”

Seungri had changed his testimony under police questioning & in court, he added, and “lacked credibility”.

The singer was also ordered to lớn pay 1.15bn won ($1m) in restitution.

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The investigation into the scandal surrounding him uncovered a spate of allegations against other musicians và personnel at YG Entertainment, Seungri’s former agency & one of K-pop’s biggest management firms.

It prompted the agency’s chief executive, Yang Hyun-suk, khổng lồ step down, facing inquiries of his own into illicit gambling.

Reaction to lớn the verdict was swift on Thursday, with many users online saying Seungri’s punishment was too light for the offences.

“While it is fortunate he is finally being jailed, the term is too short,” a user on Naver, South Korea’s largest portal, posted.

Another said: “It should’ve been 30 years, not three.”

The verdict came a month before he was due lớn be discharged from his mandatory military service.

All able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfil about two years of military service to lớn defend the country from nuclear-armed North Korea, with which it remains technically at war.