Seungri indicted for gambling
The scandal-plagued celebrity was indicted Thursday without detention on charges of overseas gambling and breaching the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, as well as the act on arranging commercial sex acts, according to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office.
Seungri is accused of arranging sex services for acquaintances from Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong between December 2015 and January 2016. He also allegedly used such sex services.
Prosecutors also suspect the singer habitually gambled in Las Vegas with Yang Hyun-suk, the founder and former chief of YG Entertainment. The two, who allegedly gambled for over three years starting in December 2013, are accused of breaching the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act in the process.
The indictments came roughly two weeks after a Seoul court denied an arrest warrant for the singer, who was at the center of a major scandal that roiled the K-pop world in 2019.
Seungri, whose legal name is Lee Seung-hyun, ceased all entertainment activities last March after Burning Sun, a nightclub with which he was affiliated, was probed over drugs and sexual abuse.
The nightclub was at the center of scandals involving police collusion, drug trafficking, tax evasion and other illegalities, prompting President Moon Jae-in to order a thorough investigation.
Seungri’s business partner Yoo In-suk, former chief of Yuri Holdings, and eight others were also indicted Thursday over alleged wrongdoings.