Big Bang's Seungri, aka Korea's Great Gatsby, named in sex probe

The 28-year-old K-pop singer announced his decision to quit show business altogether

A media report previously claimed that Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, used multiple nightclubs in Seoul's posh Gangnam area as places for lobbying using sexual favors.

Once known as "the Great Gatsby of Korea" for his lavish lifestyle, Seungri is now expected to face imprisonment, if proved guilty, as prostitution is illegal in South Korea.

"Regarding the issues that are being investigated, I will be investigated diligently and reveal all the suspicions", Seungri wrote in a statement on Instagram (via soompi).

He faced police questioning at the weekend.

The singer, who also owns a global franchise restaurant business, suspended his entertainment career in February and canceled concerts scheduled for later this month.

Police on Sunday accelerated their probe into sexual bribery allegations involving Seungri of South Korean boy band BigBang, as they booked him as a suspect and raided a Seoul nightclub associated with the performer to gather evidence.

While getting criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half, and with all the agencies in the country now investigating me, I am even being considered a traitor of Korea.

'As I've been branded as a "national traitor", I can not stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake, ' he added.

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Seungri rose to fame as part of Big Bang, one of the most popular K-pop groups yet.

The rep continued, "Seungri has been having a hard time at how he has been causing harm to the people around him".

A former supporter replied to the post saying: "I'm so embarrassed at myself for being your fan for the last 10 years".

Again, I am sorry and would like to apologize once again.

It is alleged that Seungri tried to obtain prostitutes for clients through a group chat on the messaging app KakaoTalk in 2015.

Band leader G-Dragon was also investigated for smoking marijuana in 2011, although he was released without indictment.

The scandal comes ahead of his military service enlistment on March 25.

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