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K-pop star Jung Joon-young quits over sex tape scandal

K-pop star Jung Joon-young quits over sex tape scandal

A second Korean pop star has been swept up in the ongoing scandal involving the goings on at a nightclub in Seoul that's already led to one famous star bowing out of the entertainment industry indefinitely.

Meanwhile, the case is expected to grow bigger following a local broadcaster's report concerning alleged collusion between Jung and the police in 2016, when Jung was accused of secretly taking intimate photos of his ex-girlfriend without her consent.

One of the group chats included Seungri of BigBang, who is now under investigation for brokering prostitution for investors.

Earlier today, Jung appeared in front of the press on his way to attend police questioning at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Office.

Seungri is also said to have been part of a chat group where fellow singer, Jung Joon Young allegedly shared videos of 10 different women in sexual acts. "Rather than say anything (here), I will sincerely cooperate with the investigation by providing honest answers (to the police)", Seungri said.

Singer Lee Seung-hyun, better known by the stage name Seungri, said on Monday he was leaving the entertainment industry to fight accusations he paid for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment in his business. Previously in the Kakao Talk messages, this figure was referred to by a nickname "Police President" - a position that does not exist within the current police bureau.

The scandals have highlighted a dark side of South Korea's booming yet ultra-competitive entertainment industry. Forbes magazine reported in 2016 that the band took home $44 million United States in pretax earnings the previous year.

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Many K-pop stars are recruited by talent agencies as teenagers, some elementary school students, and they often sleep, eat and train together before making a debut.

South Korea's entertainment industry was upended this week after a celebrity's cell phone, which was in for repairs, revealed widespread alleged acts of sexual misconduct. The CEO, surnamed Yoo, is reported to be Seungri's business partner.

South Korean 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.

Despite denying the allegations, Seungri not only faces a demise of his career, he could also be jailed for up to three years as prostitution is illegal in South Korea, The Guardian reported. Seungri is set to start his mandatory military service on March 25.

Yong claimed he fully cooperated with the investigation, and continued to voice his shame over his "conversations" over the hidden camera footage (however, he did not admit to participating in a social media chatroom).

In this July 29, 2014, file photo, members of Big Bang Seungri, left, G-Dragon, centre, and Taeyang, pose for photos during a promotional event in Hong Kong.

According to a report on The Korea Herald, YG Entertainment on Wednesday announced it is ending its exclusive contract with Seungri as per his request. Analysts say YG has lost about 180 billion won (about $159 million) in market value since January.

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