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.
On March 10, the Special Crime Squad of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked the idol and took him in for questioning regarding his alleged involvement in arranging sexual escorts for foreign investors of nightclubs with which he was associated.
The police also began searching Club Arena in Gangnam on March 10 to find evidence on the claims. It was reported that the police found information regarding the pimping allegations in the search, but there is no confirmation as to who was involved.
The search stems from leaked Kakaotalk messages from 2015 that are alleged to be between Seungri, CEO Yoo of Yuri Holdings, and a club employee. In the messages, it was implied that Club Arena were hiring prostitutes in a bid to lobby investors. The police are questioning at least three other people implicated in the Kakaotalk conversations in which it is alleged Seungri also participated.
Seungri is currently considered a suspect for all future investigations of the case. He recently announced his military enlistment for March 25. Seungri and YG Entertainment are yet to respond to these developments in the case.
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