One of the biggest names in K-Pop has announced his retirement from music after being charged with supplying prostitutes.
Seungri, a now ex-member of the boy band Big Bang, is nicknamed “Korea’s Great Gatsby” for his opulent lifestyle. He denies the charges but says he will retire from the industry in order to protect his band and the talent agency YG Entertainment.
The charges, which see the 28-year-old singer facing a potential three-year jail sentence, follow a police raid at a nightclub managed by Seungri in Seoul.
Police had been investigating the club over the past few weeks over allegations involving the supply of drugs to patrons, and staff supplying drug-addled women for VIP clients to have sex with. Prostitution is illegal in South Korea.