One of South Korea's most successful boyband stars has announced his retirement from showbiz, a day after he was charged with supplying prostitutes to business investors, BBC reported.
Seungri will be leaving the five-piece group Big Bang, who have sold over 140 million records since their 2006 debut and are known as the "Kings of K-pop".
The 28-year-old wrote on Instagram: "I have decided to retire because the controversy has become so big." He has denied procuring prostitutes, the BBC said.
Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, had already cancelled all planned engagements in February and the March shows of his solo tour.
In a statement, he apologised to his fans and promised to "sincerely participate in investigations into all allegations".
Seungri was questioned by police in February over reports of drug-taking and sexual assault at the Burning Sun club, where he was a public relations director.
It is alleged that Seungri tried to obtain prostitutes for clients through a group chat on a messaging app. Messages have emerged which appear to show him urging a staff member to make the arrangements.
He was also allegedly part of a chat where secretly-filmed sex videos were shared. The hidden camera clips were allegedly taped by another K-pop singer, Jung Joon-young.
Korean broadcaster SBS reports that 10 women were filmed.
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