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Scandal-ridden K-pop star enlists in army

The 29-year-old singer from popular boyband BIGBANG has been indicted on accusations including prostitution arrangement, embezzlement and illicit gambling.

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Disgraced former K-pop star Seungri enlisted in the Korean army Monday, meaning a military court will now hear his trial on charges stemming from a sex and last year.

The 29-year-old singer from popular boyband BIGBANG has been indicted on accusations including prostitution arrangement, embezzlement and illicit gambling.

All able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfil around two years of military service to defend the country from nuclear-armed North Korea, with which it remains technically at war.

Wearing a black hooded shirt and matching facemask, Seungri arrived at a military boot camp in Cheorwon, a border town 100 kilometres north of Seoul.

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Seungri — whose military service was postponed last year because of ongoing police inquiries — bowed to reporters but did not answer questions before checking in, Yonhap agency reported.

BIGBANG enjoyed widespread fame following its 2006 debut and Seungri went on to become a successful businessman, but the public backlash and formal caused him to retire from showbusiness in 2019.

Seungri, whose real name Lee Seung-hyun, is accused of habitual overseas gambling at luxurious casinos in Las Vegas involving illicit foreign exchange transactions.

He is also suspected of arranging sex services for potential investors in his business.

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The investigation into the scandal surrounding him uncovered a spate of allegations against other musicians and personnel at YG Entertainment — Seungri’s former agency and one of the biggest K-pop management firms.

It prompted the agency CEO Yang Hyun-suk to step down in June facing probes of his own into illicit gambling.

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