SEOUL Reuters - Police in South Korea questioned two K-pop stars and two other singers resigned on Thursday, as accusations of sex tapes, prostitutes and secret chat about rape rocked the music industry and hit entertainment stocks. The blame game triggered by accusations against the boyish stars who epitomize an industry that carried South Korean pop culture to the global stage is rooted in concerns the business has neglected morality in its lust for fame and fortune. Singer Lee Seung-hyun, 28, better known by the stage name Seungri, is suspected of paying for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment in his business. On Wednesday, Jung admitted to having shared videos he took secretly while having sex with women.
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Some of those videos were taken during the 2016 instances of gang rape at the parties identified, the court found. Their arrests bookend a tragic week for the Korean popular music industry that began with the death of K-pop girl band star Goo Hara, presumed to be the product of her third suicide attempt. Goo was hospitalized with an unknown condition last year that many believed was the result of a suicide attempt following a fight with an ex in which she claimed he physically assaulted her, then threatened to publish videos he filmed of the couple having sex to end their career. Her management admitted to another suicide attempt in May, then forced her to record and promote a new album released in mid-November. But Jung confessed he had sex with the women together with Choi, and his confession was also proved by their KakaoTalk [instant messaging application] chats.
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The decision came a day after he was charged with providing prostitutes to foreign investors in his private club, media said, driving down shares of his agency as much as 16 percent. Shares of YG Entertainment fell as much as 15. P, Taeyang and Daesung.
SEOUL The Korea Herald - BigBang singer Seungri, who a nnounced his exit from show business on March 11 amid a probe into procurement of prostitutes for his club customers, is now linked to a new scandal. Jung Joon-young, 29, a K-pop singer, illicitly taped sex videos and shared them via mobile messenger group chats that included Seungri, local broadcaster SBS reported on March 11. Jung is also reportedly included in a group chat in which Seungri allegedly told his Burning Sun club employee to procure sexual favours for clients. Seungri has been booked by the police as an agent for prostitution.