BIGBANG's Seungri Announces His Retirement From Entertainment Industry

BIGBANG's Seungri Announces His Retirement From Entertainment Industry

BIGBANG's Seungri Announces His Retirement From Entertainment Industry

Local media reported that Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was a suspect in an investigation involving prostitutes in the Gangnam area in Seoul.

BIGBANG's Seungri has officially been booked and questioned by police on charges of violating South Korea's Acts on Pimping and Prostitution and its Punishments. "I'll sincerely take part in the investigation of all allegations that have been raised".

"I feel like it is best from me to retire from the entertainment business at this point", Seungri said via his Instagram page, adding that the matter in which he was involved is so serious he had made a decision to retire.

On Feb. 27, police questioned Seungri over the allegations.

For those who may not know, the star has been plagued with scandal after scandal, and is now currently under police investigation for allegedly offering prostitutes to investors at the night club Burning Sun.

The singer, who also owns a global franchise restaurant business, suspended his entertainment career in February and canceled concerts scheduled for later this month.

"I have faced heavy criticism from the public for the last month and-a-half and I'm being probed by all investigative authorities in the country", Seungri said. "I just can not accept causing pain to those around me just for my sake".

The lobbying is alleged to have happened at nightclubs in Seoul, South Korea's capital. Many fans were left shocked after the news surfaced but some had called for him to leave Big Bang as the scandal snowballed.

Band leader G-Dragon was also investigated for smoking marijuana in 2011, although he was released without indictment.

Many fans have already turned their backs on him and signed a petition last week urging Seungri's expulsion from BIGBANG, saying he had caused "unrecoverable damage to the group's reputation".

Again, I am sorry and apologize once again.

The group went on hiatus to pursue solo projects and fulfill mandatory military service in Korea.

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