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Former K-Pop Star Seungri Sentenced with Prison Time & Fine of over $900,000 Two Years after Sexual Assault Allegations

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 20, 2021
03:00 A.M.
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Seungri was recently sentenced to prison for his involvement in the Burning Sun scandal. The former K-pop star was initially indicted in 2020 before being called for mandatory military service.

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On August 12, 2021, the “Yonhap News Agency” reported that Seungri, 31, (real name Lee Seung-Hyun) has been sentenced to prison. Last Thursday’s sentencing occurred in Yongin, in Seoul, South Korea.

Seungri is a former K-pop star and member of the boy band Big Bang. After being sentenced to three years in prison, the disgraced singer received immediate detention at the Army's general military court.

T.O.P, Seungri, Taeyang, Daesung, and G-Dragon of Big Bang at the Hyundai Card Collaboration with YG Entertainment on June 5, 2012, in Seoul, South Korea | Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage/Getty Images

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The Defense Ministry also fined him $989,000 before he was taken into custody. The former artist, wearing his military combat uniform, allegedly shook his head in disbelief when the judge announced the verdict.

Seungri faced multiple charges that included overseas gambling and prostitution linked to his involvement in Seoul's Gangnam area Burning Sun nightclub scandal. The star ended up in military court after enlisting in the army.

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The star’s case was transferred to a military court after his March 2020 enlistment. He had to sign up for a mandatory 21 months of military service in South Korea because of the ongoing war with North Korea.

The former musician was initially indicted in January 2020 on various charges. The charges included the operation of an unlicensed adult entertainment establishment and embezzlement.

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The former singer was indicted for procuring prostitutes for investors from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other countries. He allegedly participated in this from December 2015 to January 2016.

Seungri only left the band in 2019 after the media started reporting on his criminal activities.

His actions aimed to secure investment for the Burning Sun Seoul nightclub and funding for other businesses affiliated with him. The star also allegedly misappropriated millions from his club funds.

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From December 2013 to August 2017, Seungri habitually gambled in Las Vegas with billions at stake and allegedly breached the foreign exchange transaction act.

Seungri used to be one of the biggest K-pop stars since Big Bang’s successfully amassed a massive following in Asia and other parts of the world. The band initially made its debut in 2006.

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In 2016 “Forbes” magazine reported that the group had made $44 million in pretax earnings in 2015. Seungri only left the band in 2019 after the media started reporting on his criminal activities scandal.

Before his sentence was given, the former singer’s South Korean military prosecutors had hoped to get a five-year prison sentence for him, according to a July 2021 report by “Rappler.”

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