S. Korean police questioning two K-pop stars in sex scandals, two more engulfed
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After their surprise retirement announcements, two K-pop stars were facing police questioning Thursday over interlocking sex scandals that have fascinated South Korea.

Live TV footage showed solo singer Jung Joon-young arriving at a Seoul police station where more than 100 journalists were waiting for him. Police say they are investigating allegations that the 29-year-old was secretly filming himself having sex with women and sharing the footage with friends in private group chats.

“I feel very sorry for causing concerns to the people and will faithfully undergo an investigation,” Jung told reporters before entering the station. “I'm sorry. I'm sorry.”

Jung issued a statement Wednesday saying he videotaped such footage without consent from the women in the clips and apologizing to the victims and everyone he disappointed and angered. He said he was retiring from the entertainment industry.

Singers Seungri (L) and Jung Joon-young apologize before entering the police station. /VCG Photo

Singers Seungri (L) and Jung Joon-young apologize before entering the police station. /VCG Photo

Jung's scandal flared while police were investigating fellow K-pop star and entrepreneur Seungri, the youngest member of the five-man group Big Bang, over an allegation that he attempted to arrange illegal sexual services for his business investors.

Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, appeared at the police station later Thursday, where he apologized and bowed deeply. The 28-year-old has denied the allegation, but he announced his retirement on Monday as his scandal grew.

Media reports have said Seungri was among the men in a Kakao Talk group chatroom where Jung posted his sex videos. Police said there were several Kakao Talk chatrooms involved but didn't elaborate.

Seungri has been engaged in diverse business ventures, including a ramen franchise and a dance academy, and enjoyed displaying his lavish lifestyle.

Singers Seungri apologizes before entering the police station. /VCG Photo

Singers Seungri apologizes before entering the police station. /VCG Photo

The band Big Bang is on temporary hiatus as its four other members carry out about two years of military or alternative services, a requirement for all able-bodied men in South Korea. Seungri is set to start his mandatory military service on March 25.

By law, the ongoing police investigation cannot prevent Seungri from joining the army unless he's formally arrested before March 25 or voluntarily requests for a delay of his enlistment.

South Korea's police chief Min Gap Ryong told lawmakers Thursday that he would seek a joint investigation with military authorities if Seungri joins the army as scheduled and avoids an arrest.

Min said police would try to get to the bottom of all the allegations.

Two more K-pop stars embroiled in sex video scandal

A collaboration of photos shows singers Yong Jun-hyung (L) and Choi Jong-hoon /VCG Photo

A collaboration of photos shows singers Yong Jun-hyung (L) and Choi Jong-hoon /VCG Photo

Two more K-pop stars quit Thursday, their agencies said, as a scandal over illicit sex videos and other offenses rippled further across South Korea's music industry.

Yong Jun-hyung, 29, who is a member of boy band Highlight - formerly known as Beast - said he watched a video of singer Jung Joon-young having sex with women taken without their consent.

Yong "has watched the footage... and had an inappropriate conversation with (Jung)," the singer's agency Around Us Entertainment said in a statement, adding Yong will leave the band Highlight on Thursday. Young is the third singer to be engulfed in a scandal sweeping South Korea's music industry.

Hours later, managers for Choi Jong-hoon, 29, a member of boy band FT Island, announced his retirement saying that he would be questioned by police later this week over "suspicions" he was involved in the scandal.

The boy band Big Bang performs during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon Asiad Stadium on October 4, 2014, in Incheon, South Korea. /VCG Photo

The boy band Big Bang performs during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon Asiad Stadium on October 4, 2014, in Incheon, South Korea. /VCG Photo

Choi is believed to have been a member of an online chatroom where Jung shared the footage - as is mega K-pop star Seungri. 

The scandals have highlighted a dark side of South Korea's booming yet ultra-competitive entertainment industry. 

South Korean pop songs, TV dramas and films are hugely popular in Asia and beyond, but male stars have faced allegations of sexual assault and abuse and reports have been made that female entertainers and trainees are forced to provide sexual services to men in power.

Many K-pop stars are recruited by talent agencies as teenagers, some when they are elementary school students, and they often sleep, eat and train together before making a debut. Some suicides have occurred among celebrities in the industry.

Source(s): AP ,AFP