By Lee Min-young
Seungri, who is at the center of the Burning Sun scandal, has blamed a whistleblower and a journalist for all the criminal allegations brought up against him.
In a text message to a director of SBS’s investigative program, “Unanswered Questions,” the former member of BIGBANG claimed the whistleblower and the journalist ― who played vital roles in bringing the issue to public attention ― did not check facts properly and ruined his career for their own personal gain.
“They illegally leaked my personal information from my mobile phone and framed the act as a tip-off done for the sake of justice,” Seungri wrote in the message revealed Saturday. “The obscure lawyer had an interview with media … And the journalist reported the story without checking the facts properly for her own benefit.”
“Because I belonged to an agency, I could not refute against those allegations effectively. I think they knew my situation and took advantage of it.”
In an interview with local daily Chosun Ilbo, Seungri denied the allegations of sexual and financial wrongdoings, urging everyone to wait until the investigation results come out.
He told the newspaper, however, that people would not believe him even if probe results clear him of suspicions. These include directing his staff at the Burning Sun club to provide sexual services to his investors and embezzling money from business accounts.
Seungri also denied his previous statement that he was in charge of Burning Sun, saying Lee Moon-ho was the CEO and real operator of the club and he only invested 10 million won ($8,800) into the business and let him use the name of Seungri for marketing.
He also went on saying that he was not aware of any illegal activities allegedly committed there, including the alleged spiking of women’s drinks and filming of nonconsensual sex videos. “I spoke with Lee Moon-ho about this but he always told me everything was going well with the club.” he said.
When asked about Jung Joon-young, a singer who was recently arrested for filming and distributing sex videos of women, Seungri claimed he told him to stop sharing such videos in Kakao chat rooms.
If there was one thing I did wrong, Seungri said, it was the fact that he was “acting too childish.” He said he regrets saying things that he shouldn’t have and urged his fans to judge him after probe results are released.
Source: Korea Times