A Ok-pop star charged with violating South Korea’s anti-prostitution regulation might have to affix the nation’s military and face trial in a navy courtroom.
Final week, prosecutors indicted former Large Bang member Seungri, whose actual identify is Lee Seung-hyun, on prices of violating legal guidelines on prostitution, unlawful playing and international forex buying and selling.
The state-run Navy Manpower Administration stated Tuesday it despatched Seungri paperwork asking him to report for 21 months of necessary navy service, a requirement for all able-bodied males in South Korea, as a result of prosecutors had ended their investigation of him.
It stated in a press release that it was involved a protracted trial in civilian courts would hamper its effort to equally apply the navy obligation on Seungri, 29.
It stated Seungri’s case shall be handed over to a navy courtroom if he joins the navy.
Males eligible for navy service in South Korea are allowed to delay their conscription 5 instances beneath sure circumstances earlier than they change into 31, however the gathered delayed time can’t exceed two years.
Seungri postponed his conscription in March 2019. The draft company stated it will not disclose whether or not he delayed his conscription once more, or when he’s anticipated to affix the navy, citing privateness rules.
South Korean media stated Seungri is predicted to enter the navy in late February or early March. Yonhap information company stated it is unlikely that the draft company will settle for one other request by him to postpone his conscription over future trials in civilian courts.
Prosecutors gave no particulars in regards to the prices. South Korean media reported that Seungri was accused of shopping for prostitutes for himself and enterprise traders from Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong, participating in unlawful playing abroad, and failing to report back to South Korean authorities about cash he borrowed overseas to make use of in playing. Seungri has beforehand denied many of the allegations.
Large Bang has been one of the profitable Ok-pop bands since its debut in 2006, attracting enormous, loyal followings in Asia and around the globe. Forbes journal reported in 2016 that it took house $44 million in pretax earnings the earlier yr. Large Bang has been on a brief hiatus as different members served within the navy.
Seungri’s case is one in every of a number of scandals which have roiled South Korea’s leisure trade lately. In November, singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young acquired a six-year jail time period, and former boy band member Choi Jong-hoon a five-year time period, after they had been discovered responsible of illicit sexual relations with a girl who was unable to withstand.