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    K-pop scandal widens as singer admits sharing secretly filmed sex videos

    Justin McCurry 13th March 2019.

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    © AFP/Getty Images K-pop star Jung Joon-young is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at Incheon airport amid the sex scandal


    A sex scandal swirling around South Korea’s K-pop industry has deepened after a singer and TV celebrity admitted he had secretly filmed himself having sex with a woman and sharing the footage online without her consent.

    Jung Joon-young, who rose to fame after coming second in a TV talent show, said he would retire from show business and admitted he had shared footage of several women in a group chatroom.

    Members of the chatroom allegedly included Seungri, a K-pop star who was charged this week over allegations that he ran an illegal prostitution ring.



    (© Getty) South Korean singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young.


    “I admit to all my crimes,” Jung, 30, said in a statement, according to Yonhap news agency.

    “I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a chatroom, and while I was doing so I didn’t feel a great sense of guilt.

    “Most of all, I kneel down to apologize to the women who appear in the videos and all those who might be disappointed and upset at this shocking incident.”



    (© Getty) South Korean pop star Jung Joon-young.


    On Tuesday evening, police charged him with illegal filming and leaking visual material.

    Jung was one of three male artists in the chatroom, where some members shared secretly filmed footage of a sexual nature of at least 10 women, according to broadcaster SBS.

    The talent agency SM Entertainment dismissed speculation that one of its stars, a member of the boy band EXO, was part of the chatroom group. “It is a groundless rumor,” it said, adding, “We’ll take all legal measures against those who are found to have committed unlawful acts.”



    (© Getty) Singer Lee Seung-hyun (aka Seungri) was charged this week.


    JYP Entertainment, meanwhile, denied rumors that a member of its girl group, TWICE, was among the women shown in the sex videos.

    Molka - secretly filmed images of a sexual nature that often end up online – has reached epidemic proportions in South Korea.

    Last summer, tens of thousands of women held demonstrations in Seoul demanding that the police take tougher action against offenders.

    The allegations against Jung and Seungri have rocked K-pop, whose global appeal generates billions of dollars for the South Korean economy.

    “This case just shows that male K-pop stars are no exception when it comes to being part of this very disturbing reality that exploits women,” said Bae Bok-, a women’s rights activist.

    Jung was charged in 2016 with filming a partner during sex without her consent, but prosecutors dropped the case after the alleged victim withdrew her accusation. Police in Seoul said they would question him over the new allegations later this week.

    Seungri, a member of the K-pop quintet Big Bang, announced his retirement this week, but denied allegations that he had procured prostitutes for potential foreign investors at nightclubs in the Gangnam district of Seoul.



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    I am so glad you posted this article! I've been following all of this quite intensively. The secret filming is just one part of a whole web of accusations, and it just keeps snowballing. Even saying it's "batshit crazy" doesn't do the whole situation justice.

    The info on the taping, etc. came from chatroom data from Jung Joon-young's phone, which was sent to a data recovery place back in 2016 when he had the first secret taping scandal. The police tried to get the center to say the data couldn't be recovered, and the center refused, so the police claimed it couldn't be recovered and that was that.

    The media is slowly releasing the names of the people in the chatrooms (there were two rooms, one where Seungri talked about business stuff like procuring prostitutes or getting police to handle issues with his clubs) and another where about eight people shared videos and photos secretly taken. There have been convos where they laugh about raping women. One of the men admits drugging a woman who is in one video, and another time a woman passes out.

    A third singer, Choi Jong-hoon, has now been named. He apparently had a drunk driving incident covered up by another chatroom member paying off the police.

    The agencies for these people keep denying accusations and trying to obfuscate and then the reporters will immediately release more info which shows they are wrong/lying. It's hard to keep up with all the news coming out.

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    The part about the police being actively engaged in covering this up sounds really sinister. What possible reason would they have to protect this guy? Contrast this with R. Kelly and Jess Smollett.

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    Well no clue who he is but I hope he goes down hard.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    There is a LOT of corruption in South Korea and it could be just greed, but it's also possible there were even more sinister things going on. I don't want to speculate too much, because everything's still unfolding, but all of this began with a man being assaulted by security and then again by police at the Burning Sun nightclub (which Seungri invested in and was one of the management people, but he has been trying to downplay that). The man claimed he was trying to protect a female patron. He claimed staff were drugging women and taking them to VIP clients to be raped. Then the police showed extremely edited videos and claimed that man has actually sexually harassed a woman and already had three complaints against him from women at the club, and that the man started the altercations with security and police.

    However, more footage came out which shows he probably was the victim and not the instigator of the fights. Also, the complaints against the man appear to have been lodged by women who worked at the club. Somewhere along the way there were also accusations that club staff had a chatroom where they discussed drugging women and laughed at videos of them getting assaulted.

    The sex scandal in the article is based on chatroom logs from 2015 and 2016.
    Even though Seungri wasn't in the Burning Sun staff chat and can't be tied to possible sex assaults there, he was in the chatrooms in 2015/16 where he was talked about getting prostitutes for a soccer team (possibly Real Madrid? They haven't been named yet.) and also for Taiwanese "businessmen."

    My guess is that some of the VIPs who participated in drugging and raping women at Burning Sun will be revealed, and some of them might be people who benefitted from suppressing crimes by celebs.

    A few years ago an actress committed suicide and left behind a diary talking about how her company forced her to sleep with businessmen, people who owned companies and news outlets, etc. The list of perpetrators has supposedly been lost, so we don't know who all she blamed, but I wouldn't be surprised if police were involved, too. The case of her death has been reopened and the results should be out soon.
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    I hope it all comes out and doesn't get 'edited' and covered up again.
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    Dayum!!!!

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    I don't think Mo Willems would be happy that Elephant is hanging with this dude.

    On a serious note, I do hope these jack asses get jail time.
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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48702763






    Gangnam: The scandal rocking the playground of K-pop

    By Laura Bicker BBC News, Seoul

    • 25 June 2019






















    Earlier this year, the meticulously managed world of K-pop was rocked by scandal.
    Seungri, a singer in one of the world's most famous boy bands, Big Bang, was questioned by police over allegations he was procuring prostitutes for his business and had embezzled funds at Burning Sun, a nightclub he part-owned in the exclusive Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea.

    Several of his celebrity K-pop friends were also caught sharing sex videos and bragging in a chat room about raping women. One by one, Korean heartthrobs more used to being mobbed by fans found themselves fending off reporters as they made their way to the police station to face questions from drug-taking to rape.


    But in recent months an even more shocking picture has emerged of Gangnam, where South Korea's high society live, work and play. The BBC has heard allegations that in its glitzy nightclubs, women have been drugged to order by powerful men and raped, and that underage girls are being sexually exploited for profit.


    The BBC has sought the voices of those caught up in Seoul's sex scandal. We have heard from club-goers and club employees as well as victims, including underage girls who say they were recruited to have sex with paying customers. They all say the abuse of women in the clubs is pervasive and often violent.


    We have been told that elite clients, known as VIPs - and the richest VVIPs - were prepared to pay tens of thousands of dollars to have women who were enjoying a night out drugged and taken to a nearby hotel room, the abuse routinely captured on camera.


    As one club-goer put it to us: "These men are hunters and they pay to get in the game. So you need prey. It's foolish to think you won't get shot in this place."


    A warning: this article contains details of alleged sexual assaults which you may find upsetting.
    'He kept giving me water'

    We were shown a harrowing video which allegedly depicts a sexual assault. The still image in front of me gives me an idea of the horror which will follow.


    A woman is lying naked on a red sofa with three men staring down at her. I press play, and the men approach her. One laughs as he lifts up a limb and it falls. Her body is limp and she does not respond. The two minute video is too upsetting to describe in detail.


    She appears to be sexually assaulted by all three men. Repeatedly.


    The video was allegedly shared in a chat room between employees - I cannot verify its contents. But this clip is now part of a police investigation into activities at several clubs in Gangnam.


    Gangnam has often been described as the Beverly Hills of Seoul. Flashy and fashion-conscious, it's a symbol of prosperity and status. At night, it's the neon playground of the very rich and those eager for a taste of the celebrity lifestyle.
    Image copyright Getty Images The cost of a night out appears almost irrelevant. One wealthy, connected club-goer told us he spent up to $17,000 (£13,300) on just one evening. A viral social media clip shows a man spinning on the dance floor, throwing bank notes into the air like confetti. The décor is loud and ostentatious. The dress code is, of course, designer chic and for many of the more prestigious nightclubs, gaining entry requires being on an approved list.


    DJs are celebrities in their own right, conducting crowds of dancers crammed around the turntables. Beautiful women serve thousand-dollar bottles of champagne to revellers who appear ready to party until dawn.
    Kim - not her real name - used to be a regular on the Gangnam scene. She liked to dance and she had a few favourite DJs. One evening last December she was invited to a nightclub for drinks.


    Among the group was an Asian businessman who she claims took an interest in her and began serving her whisky.


    "When he was pouring the drink, I couldn't see him," she says. "He had his back against me. So I drank around three to four glasses. Every time I did so, he kept giving me water to drink."


    At some point, she claims, she blacked out and woke up in a hotel room with the man looking down on her.


    "He forced me to lie down but I didn't want to, so I kept getting up. When I got up, he would grab my neck and force me down on the bed over and over. I thought someone could die like this by having their neck broken.


    "I started crying and yelling. Then, he got on top of me and used both of his hands to block my mouth and started pressing down hard. He kept saying 'relax, relax'."


    She told us she feared for her life. "I couldn't resist his power and I was in so much pain that I could die, so I just gave up and lay there like a dead body."


    Kim says she had been drugged in the club and was raped. Afterwards she threw up, then begged to go home.


    "I was grabbing my clothes and other things to leave when he took his phone to take a photo with his face and my face in it. I said what are you doing and 'no, no'. But he grabbed my arm and wouldn't let me go.

    So I thought it'd be best to just take this photo and leave otherwise I could get into some real harm.


    "So he just took the photo and I left."


    Kim went to the police the next day. They found no trace of drugs in her blood, but prosecutors tell us that is not unusual. The most common drug used to incapacitate a victim is thought to be GHB, or Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate a strong sedative that is undetectable in the body after a few hours.


    "Thankfully I was awake when it happened and I can fully describe what I dealt with," she told us.


    But she said she had found other women online who also believe they were drugged and raped after visiting Gangnam clubs, but have no clear memory of what happened.


    The businessman was found and questioned but he has strongly protested his innocence. In a statement to the BBC he said she did not black out. He said he did not rape, sexually assault or physically assault her at all and that CCTV footage shows her willingly leaving the club with him and walking to the hotel.


    The investigation continues.
    'Bring me zombies'

    Over the past few months, police have questioned nearly 4,000 people, focusing on allegations of drugs, prostitution, sexual assault and illicit filming linked to the club scene which have outraged the public. Those questioned include several male celebrities from the K-pop scene.


    Seungri - real name Lee Seung-hyun - has resigned from show business, denying that he ever procured prostitutes but saying the scandal "has become so big".


    The continuing controversy has led to the resignation of the head of a major South Korean entertainment company - Yang Hyun-suk, chief producer of YG Entertainment, which was behind the viral hit Gangnam Style. He denied wrongdoing, but said he could no longer withstand "humiliating" allegations of his involvement in a drug scandal and was stepping down to fight them.
    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Seungri, once one of South Korea's biggest pop stars, has stepped away from show business The allegations have encouraged others to speak out. People we spoke to who were an integral part of Seoul's club scene have described a culture of exploitation, where the procuring of women for sexual gratification had become almost routine for some wealthy clients.


    The clubs employ hosts known as "MDs" to cater to guests' desires. It's a murky role - one female MD told us it entailed building relationships with "pretty girls" to bring them into the clubs. They would entice them with the offer of free entry and free drinks.


    MDs would have a number of beautiful women on their call lists. Many would encourage them to drink with their clients and the MDs would then take around 13-15% of the drinks sale. With the right clients, some of them would make around $20,000 a month. As one MD put it: "To secure high-paying clients, MDs need to be able to supply hot girls."


    We have heard repeated allegations that at some point and at the request of clients, the women's drinks were being spiked, rendering them unconscious. However one senior club executive told the BBC that the suggestion GHB had been sold or distributed to customers and sexual assault encouraged was ridiculous.

    A former host at a famous Gangnam nightclub said one VVIP - the elite guests - was "well-known for his crazy appetite for unconscious women".


    "He ordered me to bring two totally drunk or unconscious women to him," he told us. Specifically, he said, the client's request was: "Bring me zombies."


    He claimed to have witnessed several attempted sexual assaults: "I saw a few people every week that didn't seem like they were drunk, but gone in a different way. You can tell with your eyes the difference between who is drunk on alcohol and who is gone from something else."


    Lee - not his real name - worked as an MD and said these women were "just people who came to the club".


    I wanted to ensure I understood what he was telling me. So I put the question to him clearly: "Ordinary women going into the club for a nice night out, could face being drugged and raped? Is that what you saw?"


    "Yes," came the reply.


    After procuring the women, he said, the clients "would usually take them to the hotel above the club or there are a lot of hotels near here, or motels".
    We cannot name any of these workers, because they fear reprisals. Likewise a regular club-goer told us that he had been in the VIP room at a Seoul nightclub when a waiter brought in unconscious women.


    "I don't know if someone drugged her but I had a woman who was clearly hallucinating and unconscious. I wondered if she was mentally ill, especially since she was drooling and her body was limp. I worried - what if she dies here?"


    He denies being involved in drugging or attacking women and said he had challenged the host.


    "I told the waiter that she is too drunk, and he said: 'She's not drunk. She won't remember a thing so you can do whatever you want.'


    "Sexy, beautiful women are the prey. These men are the hunters. And they pay to get in the game. So you need prey, and the MDs are the ones who release the prey."
    A pastor undercover

    Joo Won-gyu is a church pastor who has become one of the most vocal campaigners against sexual violence in Gangnam.
    Image copyright Pastor Joo Won-kyu Image caption Pastor Joo says he saw rapes 'three or four times a week' He had been working with runaway teenagers in 2015 when 20 of them disappeared. He tracked them down and found them working as underage prostitutes at clubs. He decided to become a driver for some of these clubs to try to discover more about how these teenagers were being treated and recruited.


    He said scouts or pimps would entice runaway teenage girls by claiming they would help them become entertainers or actresses after "working" at the club for two to three years. Others were even promised plastic surgery.


    One of the youngest girls working in clubs had been recruited at the age of 13, he claims. The age of consent is 18 in South Korea. Sex with a minor is statutory rape.


    He said he had witnessed a number of unconscious women being raped in that time. He told us how he believed the system worked.


    "VIPs would tell MDs 'I want to sleep with that girl'. The MD would then tell the girl 'that VIP is super-rich' and then the MD would take the girl into the partitioned area. Then they would drink together, put GHB in the drink or actually get her drunk on alcohol to rape or sexually assault her."


    He drove us around the back alleys of Gangnam where he would drop off clients or sex workers, including underage girls, at hotels or office apartments. He described it as a "challenging time".








    Media caption"I witnessed women being raped inside clubs", a pastor helping victims says "I saw women raped inside clubs, raped outside clubs behind cars, being drugged against their will, being beaten and so on. I would say three to four times a week I'd see this."
    'We gave our bodies in rotation'

    Joo tried but failed to remove several girls from these clubs. He would not let us meet any of them, but allowed us to put questions to two of them by phone, through him.


    One who was recruited for clubs at the age of 16 was very blunt about her role.


    "When we were there we were drinking, taking drugs, dancing like idiots and we gave our bodies in rotation," she said.


    She said the men were "like kings". Both teenagers said the sex was often violent - they and their friends would need medical treatment.


    Her clients often filmed her. She was told to act innocently, and sometimes she was to act as if she was being raped.


    "For girls like us they'd make porn out of it… I just act like I don't see it when they film me."


    Joo says these videos could be used to blackmail the young girls to prevent them from leaving the club's service, or to stop them going to the police.


    The minors said that on many occasions they were not alone with these men in the motel rooms.
    One told us the VVIPs would bring along women they'd picked up at clubs who had been drugged and they would witness them being assaulted or raped.


    Some girls were lured with marijuana, they said, but if the men "think it could be a crazy bitch that could sue them, then they would drug them with GHB and film them unknowingly".


    "They are just unconscious. They cannot get a grip. Or they have no idea what they did."


    Now that the police investigation is under way, I asked one, through the Pastor, what she would like to see happen to those involved in this sex scandal.


    "I hope they all die," she said.


    "Only those who have a… strong mind survive following Gangnam."
    'Sexy beautiful women are prey'

    Prostitution is illegal in South Korea, and yet the sex trade is thriving and thought to be worth around $13bn a year. There is no shortage of prostitutes, for those who want such services.








    Media captionThe use of hidden and up-skirt cameras is a huge problem in South Korea But one rich club client told us that the men he knew did not want a prostitute. He said comparing prostitutes to ordinary women was "like a business car versus your own car".


    "You cannot touch a normal girl like that easily. The sense of achievement follows when you gain access to certain things that not everyone is allowed to."


    We challenged him that having sex with women who are unable to give consent was rape.


    "Normal women who drink normally will not take off their undies? So what do men do?" he answered indignantly. "They try to make them drunk, but they refuse. What do you do?


    "You say innocently that 'I'm only here to dance. Sure, but will people let you only dance? This is a jungle. It's right that you are here to sightsee, but there are alligators, lions and lizards out to get you. Sexy beautiful women are prey."
    'Screaming testimonies of women'

    The idea of being preyed upon by men will feel disturbingly familiar to so many women in South Korea. Last year, thousands took to the streets of Seoul to protest at so called "spy cameras", where videos of women, often sexually explicit, were taken without their knowledge.


    The scandal has prompted further large protests as campaigners call for justice. They fear that police cannot be trusted to investigate fairly.
    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korean women have been growing collectively angrier about hidden cameras and revenge porn Shin Ji-ye from the Green Party addressed the last mass rally on International Women's Day in March and claimed this abuse had taken place over "decades".


    "In so many clubs," she said, "we have heard the screaming testimonies of women being raped and assaulted."


    But there is anger that it was only when celebrities were arrested and police collusion was suspected that action was taken. There is fear that the voices of female victims have been ignored for too long.


    Police have arrested 354 people in the last three months in connection with what has become known as The Burning Sun Scandal. Of them, 87 were arrested for brokering sex, secretly filming sex and rape. In 20 cases women had been drugged.


    But campaigners say the total number of female victims may be much higher. Lawyer Cha Mee-kyung says such "hidden crimes" happen but "are not reflected in justice system statistics".


    There are also claims that some police officers turned a blind eye to reports about the nightclubs.


    President Moon Jae-in has ordered an investigation into alleged police corruption and said there was "evidence suggesting that the prosecutors and police purposely conducted incomplete investigations, and actively prevented the truth from being revealed". The Gangnam station chief has been removed from his position after a special inquiry.


    Reporting a rape can be hard for victims. Many women in South Korea are reluctant to come forward. They fear the stigma. They believe they will be judged by an extremely patriarchal society.
    Image caption Supt Choi Hyun-a said all allegations would be investigated thoroughly The use of drugs also makes it difficult for women to remember the details of an assault.


    Lawyer Kim Jeong-hwan is in the process of trying to bring to court South Korea's first case involving GHB. He said the nature of GHB meant it was "highly likely the victims would not have a clear recollection" of the night.


    "On top of that it is hard to secure evidence that GHB has been used as it is extremely unlikely that a blood test will detect the drug because it disappears so quickly from the body," he added.


    Then there is the fear of not being believed. It is their word against the rich and the powerful. Will a police force, which is already being accused of trying to cover up some of these crimes, be able to hold those in positions of power accountable?


    The Korean National Police Agency has set up a special unit to investigate crimes against women. Supt Choi Hyun-a told the BBC that her officers would "thoroughly and fairly investigate so that all South Korean citizens had a greater trust in the police".


    She added that her team would focus its efforts on "preventing sex crimes where women are drugged".


    "We know this frightens women the most," she said.


    Some women are concerned that once this controversy has passed, the exploitation will continue. But campaigners have vowed to fight on.


    Kim told me that she had never before thought of herself as a feminist or a fighter. After her alleged rape, that has changed.


    "I really wanted to catch these evil men. I want the law to change. I want a society where these drugs can't be used and where no more victims are created."


    If you have been affected by sexual abuse or violence, help and support is available at BBC Action Line.
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    This is a good expose from the BBC (based largely, I believe, on news/documentary shows exposing the abuses that have been airing almost every weekend for the past few months in South Korea). Everything blew up when a guy was beat up by "security" at the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul in the fall. He claimed women were being drugged and raped at the club. It was discovered that employees were drugging women and taking them to be raped, or raping them themselves. Much of it was filmed and was shared among employees or used to blackmail people.

    Along the way the secret taping chatroom among celebs blew up, in part because one of the chatroom members (Seungri) was part owner of Burning Sun nightclub. Apparently Burning Sun and a bunch of other nightclubs don't just have VIP sections, they even have officetels where VVIPs can go and rape and torture women and girls. On top of that, now there are emblezzlement investigations involving Seungri and his business partners. YG Entertainment, the company to which Seungri was signed as a singer, and also the company PSY was signed to when he released "Gangnam Style," is now being investigated for tax evasion, and now there are accusations that Yang Hyun Suk, the founder of YG Entertainment, and PSY procured prostitutes for Thai and Malaysian investors (the Malaysian investor is Jho Low, who I guess dated Miranda Kerr and partied with Paris Hilton?). PSY was trying to distance himself from the accusations, claiming he just introduced Jho Low to YHS, but now more evidence is coming out.

    There are other scandals, too, and everything is interconnected. This is the very definition of a clusterfuck.
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