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Jung Joon-young: K-pop star quits over secret sex videos

14 March 2019

Singer Jung Joon-young appeared for police questioning Thursday over allegations he secretly filmed sex videos of women he slept with and shared the footage with fellow entertainers in a mobile chat room.

"In a statement, the talent agency said that they would "[honour] Seungri's request to terminate his exclusive contract" and that they wanted to "apologise for the concern we have caused many people, including the fans, due to the numerous suspicions and controversies". He has officially been named a suspect by the Seoul police and is now undergoing investigation.

The 29-year-old singer, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was a member of the chatroom Joon-young was a part of, the AFP reported.

"In the past month, I have been criticized and hated by the people, and now all the domestic investigative agencies are investigating me".

He confessed: "I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a social media chatroom, and while I did so I didn't feel a great sense of guilt". He apologized to the victims and to those he disappointed and angered.

Meanwhile, the management agencies of boyband EXO and girl group Twice have said they will take legal action against those who spread rumours that their artists are linked to Jung's scandal. He also said he was retiring from the entertainment industry.

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

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

"I will faithfully cooperate with an investigation by police that will start on Thursday and I will readily accept whatever punishment is in store for me", an official statement shared on multiple K-Pop fan sites stated.

Jung Joon-young: K-pop star quits over secret sex videos