BIGBANG Seungri has finally spoken to the public for the first time after he was booked by police on suspicions of Allegedly Violating Anti-Prostitution Law.
On March 11, he took to instagram to announce his retirement from the entertainment industry, he won’t be returning to it after he finishes his military service.
He wrote a short message to fans thanking them for the past 10 years and expressing his wishes to retire.
Here is the full translated statement:
“This is Seungri.
I think it would be good for me to retire from the entertainment industry at this point.
I have decided to retire from the entertainment industry since the issues that I caused had social controversy became too major. Regarding the investigation, I will sincerely be investigated in the matter to reveal all the suspicions.
In the past month and a half, I have been criticized and hated by the people, and now all the domestic investigative agencies are investigating me, and I am being corner by the people as a traitor of the nation. I cannot tolerate causing harm to everyone around me to save myself.
I would like to sincerely thank all of the fans in Korea and abroad for their love for the last 10 years. For the sake [to protect] of YG and BIGBANG this is where I stop.
Again, I would like to sincerely apologize.
I have been grateful to you until now.”
Seungri will be enlisting on March 25 as an active duty soldier.
On March 10, Seungri and three other people (in the Kakako messages) were booked under the suspicion of aiding in providing sexual escort services.
On March 11, News outlet SBS funE has released another exclusive report. According to Soompi.com, the report of SBS funE reveals alleged camera footage and photos that were shared in a chatroom including Seungri and two other male singers. You can read the full report by Soompi here.
On March 11, The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported that the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency has now banned Seungri from leaving the country after booking him.
The police are planning to speed up the investigation since Seungri enlistment is a few weeks away.
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승리입니다 제가 이시점에서 연예계를 은퇴를하는것이 좋을거같습니다. 사회적 물의를 일으킨 사안이 너무나 커 연예계 은퇴를 결심했습니다 수사중인 사안에 있어서는 성실하게 조사를 받아 쌓인 모든 의혹을 밝히도록 하겠습니다. 지난 한달반동안 국민들로부터 질타받고 미움받고 지금 국내 모든 수사기관들이 저를 조사하고 있는 상황에서 국민역적 으로까지 몰리는 상황인데 저 하나 살자고 주변 모두에게 피해주는일은 도저히 제스스로가 용납이 안됩니다 지난 10여 년간 많은 사랑을 베풀어준 국내외 많은 팬분들께 모든 진심을 다해 감사드리며 와이지와 빅뱅 명예를 위해서라도 저는 여기까지인거같습니다 다시한번 죄송하고 또 죄송합니다 그동안 모든분들께 감사했습니다