The last few weeks has seen South Korea be embroiled in a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and Choi Soon-sil, and it appears that the world of K-pop may be involved.
Following Choi's arrest and Park's subsequent reshuffling of her cabinet last week, the K-pop industry was linked to the scandal when Representative Ahn Min Seok stated in a radio show that Choi's sister, Choi Soon-deuk, had exerted influence over a number of entertainment businesses - including YG Entertainment and celebrity soccer teams - through her various Korean celebrity connections.
Rumours began to fly around following the Ahn's revelation that a "giant agency and its artist" - thought to be YG - had gained favours from Choi, but YG Entertainment has since released a statement denying all links to Choi Soon-il and her family. According to Korean news outlets, YG refuted all claims of any connection to Choi and her family, rumours regarding the relationship between Choi's niece and YG artist Psy, and rumours that one of Choi's nieces were employed by YG.
In addition to all the speculation over YG's involvement in the Presidential scandal, Korean rock star Lee Seung-chul has also been linked to Choi following Ahn's statements. However, Lee has also denied any connections to Choi, stating that he was previously a member of a celebrity soccer team over a decade ago and has no relationship with Choi.
We'll keep everyone updated on any future developments on the story, so stay tuned.