Disgraced former Okay-pop star Seungri enlisted within the South Korean military on Monday, that means a army court docket will now hear his trial on fees stemming from a intercourse and drug scandal final yr.
The 29-year-old singer from fashionable boy band BigBang has been indicted on accusations together with prostitution association, embezzlement and illicit playing.
All able-bodied South Korean males are obliged to fulfil round two years of army service to defend the nation from nuclear-armed North Korea, with which it stays technically at battle.
Sporting a black hooded shirt and matching face masks, Seungri arrived at a army boot camp in Cheorwon, a border city 100km north of Seoul.
Seungri – whose army service was postponed final yr due to ongoing police inquiries – bowed to reporters however didn’t reply questions earlier than checking in, Yonhap information company reported.
BigBang loved widespread fame following their 2006 debut and Seungri went on to turn out to be a profitable businessman, however the public backlash and formal investigations led him to retire from present enterprise final yr.
Seungri, whose actual identify is Lee Seung-hyun, is accused of routine abroad playing at luxurious casinos in Las Vegas involving illicit international alternate transactions.
He’s additionally suspected of arranging intercourse providers for potential buyers in his enterprise.
The investigation into the scandal surrounding him uncovered a spate of allegations in opposition to different musicians and personnel at YG Leisure – Seungri’s former company and one of many largest Okay-pop administration companies.
It prompted the company’s chief government officer Yang Hyun-suk to step down in June, with himself dealing with probes into illicit playing. – AFP