Thursday, 23 May 2019 | 13:46 WIB

Seungri Announces Retirement from Entertainment Industry after Prostitution Scandal

Seungri Announces Retirement from Entertainment Industry after Prostitution Scandal (special)

SEOUL, NNC -- Seungri, a member of the South Korean K-Pop band Big Bang, has given a surprise announcement to the public, especially for fans of the KPop entertainment industry.

Seungri is reportedly involved in a prostitution scandal currently under investigation by the South Korean authorities. Earlier, police arrested and searched ARENA's club as part of an investigation into KakaoTalk's message allegedly from Seungri, which offered prostitution services to his business clients.

After the search, the police immediately named the Big Bang member as a suspect in the prostitution scandal.

On Monday (11/3/2019), Seungri finally spoke to the public for the first time since he was named a suspect.

He member uploaded a letter to his personal Instagram account, thanking his fans for ten years of support and announcing his resignation from the entertainment world.

The following is Seungri's message posted on his personal Instagram account, which was viewed by on Monday (11/3/2019).

"This is Seungri.

At the moment, it looks like it will be good for me to retire from the entertainment industry. I decided to retire from the entertainment industry because of the social controversy that arose. I am being investigated, and I will accept the inquiry sincerely so that suspicion will be revealed.

During the past one and a half months, I have received criticism and hatred from the public and in a situation where every investigative agent in this country is investigating me. I can't accept causing pain to the people around me just for my sake.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all fans both inside and outside Korea who have shown love to me for the past ten years. For the sake of and for Big Bang and YG, [my career] ends here.

I want to apologize once again.

Thank you for everything in these past years. "

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승리입니다 제가 이시점에서 연예계를 은퇴를하는것이 좋을거같습니다. 사회적 물의를 일으킨 사안이 너무나 커 연예계 은퇴를 결심했습니다 수사중인 사안에 있어서는 성실하게 조사를 받아 쌓인 모든 의혹을 밝히도록 하겠습니다. 지난 한달반동안 국민들로부터 질타받고 미움받고 지금 국내 모든 수사기관들이 저를 조사하고 있는 상황에서 국민역적 으로까지 몰리는 상황인데 저 하나 살자고 주변 모두에게 피해주는일은 도저히 제스스로가 용납이 안됩니다 지난 10여 년간 많은 사랑을 베풀어준 국내외 많은 팬분들께 모든 진심을 다해 감사드리며 와이지와 빅뱅 명예를 위해서라도 저는 여기까지인거같습니다 다시한번 죄송하고 또 죄송합니다 그동안 모든분들께 감사했습니다

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