Korean singers Jung Joon Young, Seungri face police grilling on sex videos
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Celebrity South Korean singer Jung Joon Young flew back to Seoul last night home from Los Angeles where he was filming the third season of a tvN variety show as the sex tapes issue sparked public outrage.
The police said Jung is believed to have recorded the videos between 2015 and 2016 without the consent of the women he slept with, doing so with at least 10 women, Yonhap reports.
The allegations come amid a widening police inquiry into Seungri, who is accused of providing escort services to his potential business partners for lobbying. Seungri said Monday he was retiring from the entertainment industry.
"I'll sincerely cooperate with the police investigation that will begin on Thursday morning and receive due punishment for what I have done," Jung said in a statement.
Jung and Seungri are scheduled to appear before the police tomorrow to be questioned over their charges.
This would be Seungri's second appearance before the police in connection with his charges of brokering prostitution for investors but the first time as a criminal suspect.
Meanwhile, star agencies whose artists' names have been mentioned in online rumors about Jung Joon Young's videos warned of legal measures against those who spread "false rumors."
SM Entertainment was quick to release a statement yesterday when a member of its top boy group, EXO, was mentioned as a possible member of the group chat where the sex videos were shared.
"It is a groundless rumor," the agency said. "We'll take all legal measures against those who are found to have committed unlawful acts (of writing, uploading and spreading the rumors) without any mercy," it said.
JYP Entertainment also instantly denied rumors that a member of its girl group, TWICE, is possibly one of the women in the videos.
"We'll take all possible legal measures against those who first uploaded the rumors and spread them," it said.
They were followed by talent agencies of actresses Jung Yu Mi and Lee Chung Ah releasing similar statements to deny rumors today.