Jung Joon Young Completes Police Questioning After 21 Hours

Sergio Cunningham
March 15, 2019

"However, although I knew of what was happening during that time, I thought of it as not a big deal and acted at ease".

"I received a video from Jung and did have inappropriate conversations", Yong said in a statement posted to his Instagram, according to a translation by the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

"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".

It's worth noting that it's not uncommon for South Korean celebrities to issue a public apology over a matter in which they maintain their innocence.

The 29-year-old singer, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, said he will postpone his military service to undergo the investigation.

"I earnestly and truthfully answered during the questioning, and I also handed in the 'golden phone.' I am truly sorry for causing trouble", he said, before quickly getting into a van.

Seungri, a member of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, appeared at the Seoul police agency Thursday to face questioning over allegations he arranged prostitution for business investors.

Yong Junhyung had initially denied being a part of the now-notorious KakaoTalk chatroom in which hidden camera footage and photos were shared by Jung Joon Young.

He had recorded explicit videos of a number of women without their consent between 2015 and 2016. He apologized to the victims and to those he disappointed and angered.

Both Jung and Seungri, who is also embroiled in a related sexual bribery case, announced this week that they were leaving the entertainment industry.

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He also addressed the revelation in the SBS report that stated Jung revealed to the chatroom that he had been caught sending an illegal video to another person, to which the Highlight member was quoted as responding: "You got caught by her?"

K-pop had largely escaped scandals as South Korea's anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement ensnared political, sports, and other figures.

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.

K-pop girl group Momoland perform during the 1st anniversary festival of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on February 9.

Since its debut in 2006, Big Bang has attracted huge, loyal followings in Asia and around the world. Forbes magazine reported in 2016 that the band took home $44 million USA in pretax earnings the previous year.

A series of recent scandals has exposed the dark side of South Korea's booming yet ultra-competitive entertainment industry.

It is unclear if the charges will have any effect on Seungri's upcoming military enlistment, which is scheduled to begin on Mar 25.

South Korean singer Seungri, a member of K-Pop boy band Big Bang, arrives at the Seoul Police Station.

After Seungri announced his retirement on March 12, YG Entertainment has honoured Seungri's request to terminate his exclusive contract. Analysts say YG has lost about 180 billion won (about $159 million) in market value since January.

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