BIGBANG's Seungri offers to retire amid snowballing allegations

27 2019 shows Seungri a member of popular K-pop boy group Big Bang arriving for questioning over criminal allegations at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul. — AFP pic

K-pop singer Seungri announced Monday that he would retire from the entertainment industry, amid the swirling suspicions surrounding him over the Burning Sun scandal.

The club was reportedly known as 'Seungri's Club, ' a reference to 28-year-old K-pop star Lee Seung-hyun, known as Seungri. In a statement he apologised to his fans, and promised to "sincerely participate in investigations into all allegations", reported BBC. Reports also suggest that Seungri used to operate through various nightclubs in Seoul's Gangnam district and even attempted to introduce escorts to foreigners to encourage them to invest in his business ventures.

The police recently launched their preliminary probe into the case after local media disclosed social media messages last month that sparked allegations Seungri attempted to buy illicit sex services for potential foreign investors. Many fans were left shocked after the news surfaced but some had called for him to leave Big Bang as the scandal snowballed.

Prostitution is illegal in South Korea, and the charges against Seungri carry a prison sentence of up to three years.

"We booked Seungri and changed his status to that of a suspect in order to issue a search and seizure warrant and clear [Seungri] of the suspicions", a police spokesman said (via Variety). "I just can not accept causing pain to those around me just for my sake".

There is no suggestion whatsoever that Seungri was involved with the alleged wrongdoing.

Seungri isn't the first member of Big Bang to be embroiled in controversy, however.

A former supporter replied to the post saying: "I'm so embarrassed at myself for being your fan for the last 10 years".

How big a deal are Bigbang? On Friday, the agency said the singer would join the army this month to fulfill his military duties.

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