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Second S. Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads

Second S. Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads”

Back on March 13, Junhyung attended police questioning in the form of a witness in regard to Jung Joon Young's ongoing investigation.

"I am very sorry to the public for causing concern".

South Korean singer Jung Joon-young arrives for questioning on accusations of illicitly taping and sharing sex videos on social media, at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea, March 14, 2019.

He also said that he had been branded as a "national traitor", and added that he "cannot stand the fact that I'm harming others for my own sake".

Jung Joon-young, who has been booked by police for circulating illicit video footage of sex acts with women, has apologised.

Both Seungri - a member of boy band BIGBANG - and Jung, announced their retirement from show business earlier this week.

K-pop singer and TV personality Jung Joon Young is withdrawing from the entertainment industry after confessing he's part of a hidden camera club.

South Korea's police chief Min Gap Ryong told lawmakers Thursday that he would seek a joint investigation with military authorities if Seungri joins the army as scheduled and avoids an arrest.

Jung's agency, MAKEUS Entertainment, has terminated his contract and he has been barred from leaving the country while police question him.

Lawyers for Jung could not be reached for comment.

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Local broadcaster SBS reported that Jung, 29, used hidden cameras to film unsuspecting victims and shared the footage with members of a chatroom who included BigBang singer Seungri.

"I was stupid", he said, while denying he made or shared any illegal recordings.

At the time, Yong's agency Around Us Entertainment stated, "We have confirmed that it is not Yong Junhyung".

The scandals have rocked K-pop, which has a global fan base and generates billions of dollars for the South Korean economy.

"If the agencies do not give sufficient care to their stars, including education and stress management, they will end up raising walking time bombs", said another industry commentator, Kim Sung-soo.

Shares of Lee's agency, YG Entertainment, fell more than 20 percent after his sex bribery scandal was first reported on February 26, while shares of other top music companies have also taken hits.

"Following Seungri's announcement that he will retire, YG chose to accept his request to end the exclusive contract".

Highlight's entertainment label, Around US Entertainment, said in a statement that Yong was "now in a deep state of reflection for his past inappropriate actions, as well as for the disappointment that he undoubtedly caused many due to his immorality". "I feel ashamed that I was a silent observer".

"My friends told me that I should stop being a fan of K-pop", she said as she waited outside the company's office in Seoul, hoping to put her demand for answers to company officials.



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