Kim Lim Denies Any Involvement In Recent Controversy After Being Named By Seungri In Interview
Kim Lim, a Singaporean socialite and the daughter of the owner of soccer club Valencia CF, has personally spoken out about Seungri and his lawyer mentioning her name in recent interviews.
On March 23, an interview Seungri conducted with Chosun Ilbo was published and while talking about an allegation that he was trying to hire sexual escort services for foreign investors, he mentioned Kim Lim by name. He said, “In the Club Arena case, it’s regarding a woman from Singapore called Kimmy. She’s the daughter of a famous soccer club owner. I’ve received a lot of help from her, so I just wanted to look out for her.” According to him, the women were called to keep Kim Lim company. His lawyer made similar claims in an interview as well.
In response Kim Lim took to her personal Instagram account’s story function to speak up about the issue. Her statement reads as follows:
My name has been embroiled in the K-pop scandal that’s unfolding right now in South Korea.
Some time before the news broke, I received a phone call from Seungri. It turns out there has been a leaked conversation of him allegedly soliciting prostitutes for his investors. He asked me a few weird questions and hung up. I don’t know why he called me and how I was involved in this saga at all. Needless to say, after the call I was left completely confused.
When this news broke out, Seungri said the chat is entirely fabricated and that it’s fake news. However the police later says it isn’t.
Today, a media statement was released by Seungri’s lawyer telling his side of the story. The article suggested that he arranged for me to party together with other girls, which he claims are not prostitutes.
To clarify, on December 9, 2015, I was in Korea with my friends from Singapore. We went to Club Arena for a night out, and Seungri arranged for a VIP table for our group. We partied by ourselves and left after.
In no way were there other patrons or staff who accompanied our group. I certainly never asked for any “girls” to party with me. This can be vouched for by the four people who were part of our group that night.
I am embroiled in this matter simply because I happened to be there that night. I was simply at the wrong place and the wrong time.
Just to be clear, I had no inkling or idea of the alleged criminal activities going on in Burning Sun, Seungri’s businesses before this saga broke out. I’m not involved in any way whatsoever. Any media outlets which persist in reporting so will be hearing from my legal counsel.
[Full ENG trans] Seungri’s first interview since the allegations against him came up. Published by Chosun Media 2019-03-23
ChosunMedia have published an interview with Seungri which took place in his lawyers office. From a google translation there does not seem to be any real news on it however Seungri talks about his side of the story: https://t.co/xeisiJx5Xg pic.twitter.com/E8U8bqlTmC
— BIGBANG 빅뱅 music (@_BBmusic) March 22, 2019
— Random Kpop Info (@kpopenginfo) March 23, 2019
Eng trans of Seungri’s lawyer clarifying the new suspicions of the prostitution allegations and overseas gambling in Las Vegas – they told media but media decided not to publish 2019-03-15
Clarified overseas sex trade&gambling
Lawyer”I’ll talk abt additional suspicions raised against Seungri yest aftn.Many are curious.We received a call frm a major press,they called to confirm facts.We explained all facts we knew of.That press decided against publishing the article pic.twitter.com/gBY9qs93h8
— Jirilife지리인생 (@jirilife) March 15, 2019
Once a member of one of the most popular boy bands in K-pop, disgraced singer steps away from the industry.
Seungri has decided to retire while on top of his game, after becoming mired in a slew of serious accusations that include soliciting prostitution and watching spycam porn.
A BIGBANG fan community on the DC Inside internet forum began a petition to expel the singer from the group, saying he had damaged its reputation beyond repair in a statement. Not long later, he announced his sudden retirement in a lengthy Instagram post Monday where he acknowledged that the nuisance he had caused was “too big” to ignore.
“I thank my fans at home and abroad for the love over the last some ten years from the bottom of my heart, but for the sake of YG and BIGBANG’s reputation, I think this is where I’ll have to draw the line,” Seungri wrote in a statement.
He is expected to enter the Army later this month for his compulsory service, but investigations will continue regardless, according to police, as they have banned him from leaving the country in a further sign of the seriousness of the case.
The singer has since been met with an onslaught of public scorn and online mockery, including unearthed clips of him on TV in the past that have taken new light in retrospect.
A story ‘straight out of a film’: Timeline of the events
The scandal has been described as “something straight out of a film” on Twitter, given the dramatic turn of events.
Jan. 28: Video that started everything
It all began with a short video clip on Instagram uploaded by Kim Sang-kyo, a 28-year-old South Korean man. The footage alleged violence that went on in November 2018 at the club Burning Sun, where Seungri sat on the board of directors.
Kim alleged that police treated him unfairly. He went public with his story and drew media attention, prompting investigations into the venue over drug use and sexual assault.
Feb. 26: KakaoTalk messages show Seungri in sex bribery
While the Burning Sun club scandal was in full swing, KakaoTalk messages obtained by local broadcaster SBS funE showed the singer apparently procuring prostitution for VIP clients.
Speaking to other members of a group chat, he said to prepare ones that ‘put out easily,’ while another member explicitly used the word “prostitute.”
Reporters question Seungri before his police interrogation. (Yonhap)
Feb. 26: YG denies sex bribery allegations
YG entertainment swiftly denied the report in a statement on the same day in which they claimed the KakaoTalk messages were fabricated, citing Seungri himself.
The agency also threatened to “take strong legal action” against “fake news and rumors,” siding with the singer. Only two weeks later, the label would say it was “deeply sorry” for failing to properly manage its artist.
March 11: Seungri retirement announcement
The singer took to Instagram to announce he would retire from the entertainment industry. Two days later, YG Entertainment officially cut ties with him at his request.
In a lengthy post, the singer said he had become “the enemy of the people” over the last month and a half and wanted to stop hurting others around him by retiring. Though he apologized and promised to cooperate with investigations, he did not confess to any charges.
YG faced criticism over its dramatic change in position on the scandal surrounding Seungri. Many commenters in online communities accused the label of abusing the law to restrict expression.
March 13: National police chief vows to investigate corruption allegations
In an emergency press conference Wednesday, National Police Agency Chief Min Gap-ryong said police had discovered messages from a group chat room from 2015 that seemed to claim the chief of police was “looking after” the members of the room, and “not to worry.” Seungri was among those in the group chat.
Min said police would investigate the corruption allegations at all costs.
March 14: Seungri questioned as suspect on sex bribery
Seungri arrived at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Thursday afternoon to be questioned over allegations of sex bribery as well as his connection to scandals surrounding the Burning Sun club and possible police corruption.
Seungri bows in a show of apology at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. (Yonhap)
“I deeply apologize to the public and everyone around me who was hurt by me,” Seungri said with a solemn look to press before he entered the building.
Earlier in the day, singer and actor Jung Joon-young arrived to be questioned over charges of illegally filming sex videos without consent and sharing them in a group chat that Seungri was also part of.
Actor Jung Joon-young (pictured left) and Seungri. (Yonhap)
Yong Jun-hyung of boy band Highlight also announced he was leaving the group on the same day after admitting he had viewed some of Jung’s sex video clips.
What charges could Seungri face?
Seungri is being investigated over charges of procuring prostitution after messages in 2015 allegedly showed him arranging sex for clients came to light.
Lawyer Lee Sue-yeun, a communication director at the Korean Women Lawyers Association, says people who are caught arranging prostitution can face up to three years in jail or a fine of up to 30 million won ($26,400) in Korea.
When it comes to another allegation that Seungri allegedly watched revenge porn shared by Jung in a group chat, she says it is “unlikely” he would face punishment.
“It’s difficult to prosecute someone for merely watching (spycam porn), unless the person made plans beforehand or encouraged uploading the videos, which could make them an accomplice, which seems unlikely (in this case).”
What happens to BIGBANG now?
BIGBANG is still a four-piece band after YG Entertainment announced it had accepted Seungri’s request and terminated his contract Wednesday.
All the other bandmates are currently serving in the military, with T.O.P set to be discharged first in June while G-Dragon, Daesung and Taeyang are to complete their military service later this year. YG has yet to comment on the future of the group.
The other bandmates are not all strangers from the law. T.O.P was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years for multiple uses of marijuana in 2017.
By Yim Hyun-su (email@example.com) link