Seoul — World-famous Korean rapper Psy has spoken out on social media concerning rumours of the alleged involvement of Low Taek Hho, popularly known as Jho Low, in the K-pop sex scandal, which was reported in a Korean news programme last week.
A direct connection between the fugitive Malaysian businessman at the heart of the 1MDB scam and the K-pop sex scandal is rapper Psy, whose song “Gangnam Style” was an international hit that made him famous worldwide.
Psy was featured in the Barisan Nasional’s Chinese New Year open house in Penang in 2013, an appearance reportedly handled by Jynwel Capital Ltd, Mr Low’s flagship company. Psy was then under YG Entertainment but left the company to branch out on his own last year.
It was reported in Korea last week that Yang Hyun-suk, the head of YG Entertainment, threw dinners to procure sexual services for foreign investors in July 2014, including Mr Low, who has warrants in both Malaysia and the United States due to his connection to the 1MDB scandal, where over RM18.85 billion (S$6.2 billion) was siphoned from the state development fund.
But Psy has since spoken up. The rapper wrote on his Instagram account that he had indeed been friends with Mr. Low, and that he had had dinner with him and his friends when they visited Korea, but that he and Mr Yang had left the gathering early.
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안녕하세요 싸이입니다. 보도에서 언급된 조로우는 저의 친구가 맞습니다. 제가 그를 알았을 당시에 그는 헐리웃 쇼비즈니스 분야에서 활발히 활동하던 사람이었습니다. 저의 해외 활동 시기가 맞물려 알게되었고 제가 조로우를 양현석형에게 소개하였습니다. 지금에 와서 그가 좋은 친구였는지 아니었는지를 떠나서 제가 그의 친구였다는 점은 명백한 사실입니다. 조로우와 일행들이 아시아 일정 중 한국에 방문했을 때 그들의 초대를 받아 저와 양현석 형이 참석했습니다. 초대된 다른 사람들과 함께 식사를 하고 술을 함께한 후 저와 양현석형은 먼저 자리를 일어났습니다. 당시로서는 먼나라에서 온 친구와의 자리로만 생각했습니다. 이번 건으로 여러분들께 심려를 끼쳐드린 점 죄송합니다.
“Regardless of whether he was a good friend or not, it is clear that I was his friend.
When Jho Low and his friends visited Korea, Yang and I were invited to a dinner with them. We had the meal and drinks with other guests, and Yang and I left the table early.”
The rapper also said that he was the one who introduced Mr Yang to Mr Low, whom he described as someone big in Hollywood.
Concerning the dinner, Psy wrote, “At the time, I just thought it was a dinner gathering with a friend from afar. I apologise for causing concern.”
The Malaysian businessman’s legal representatives in the US denied the allegations. “Mr Low is a friend of Psy, and through him met Yang Hyun-suk. He was never involved in, nor aware of, any conduct of the kind alleged in the MBC report.”
On May 27, Monday, an episode of Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation’s programme Straight showed a witness saying that there were allegedly over 10 prostitutes from an adult entertainment firm connected with YG who met with Mr Low and another male investor from Thailand, Chavanos Rattakul.
After the dinner, Messrs Low and Chavanos reportedly went to one of Mr Yang’s clubs, NB. It was there that they were said to have been offered sexual services.
Sources who knew about Mr Yang’s meeting with the two investors, as well as the women who were reportedly involved, were interviewed on the show. The press in Korea have picked up on the story and have mentioned Mr Low in connection with the K-pop sex scandal.
Mr Chavanos has denied his involvement with YG Entertainment, While Mr Yang’s company has called these allegations “groundless.”
In a statement, YG Entertainment said, “Although Yang Hyun-suk was there at the invitation of his acquaintance, there were no solicitations of any form.”/ TISG