K-pop Big Bang member says to retire after alleged sex bribery case goes viral
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A member of South Korean K-pop band Big Bang who uses the stage name Seungri will leave the entertainment industry after his alleged sex bribery case swept the country, he said on Monday.

The decision came a day after he was charged with providing prostitutes to foreign investors in his private club, the media said, driving down shares of his agency as much as 16 percent.

"I think it is about the right time to retire from show business," the 28-year-old singer said on his Instagram account, adding that he would cooperate with the police investigation into the accusation.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

The K-pop star, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, apologized to his fans and said he had been branded a "traitor to the nation."

His agency, YG Entertainment Inc, told Reuters it did not have any fresh comment on his position.

Shares of YG Entertainment fell by as much as 15.6 percent on Monday to their lowest since November 2018.

Lee denied procuring prostitutes last month when the media said he had been involved in "sex bribery."

In a statement after the February media report, YG Entertainment said it was false.

Seungri made his official debut in August 2006 along with the group's other four members: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung. The group has drawn many fans across Asia.

The scandal comes ahead of the singer's mandatory military service, which all able-bodied South Korean men are required to complete.

All the other four group members are now serving in the military. On Friday, the agency said the singer would join the army this month to fulfill his military duties.

(Head image: Seungri, a member of popular boy group Big Bang, appears at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, February 27, 2019. /VCG Photo)

Source(s): Reuters