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Yang Hyun-suk developed YG into a K-pop powerhouse with the success of idol groups such as BIGBANG and BLACKPINK.

Police raid K-pop agency YG over alleged illegal gambling

(Agence France-Presse) - August 17, 2019 - 4:36pm

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean police raided one of the biggest K-pop management firms on Saturday as part of an investigation into music mogul Yang Hyun-suk's alleged illicit gambling.

Yang, founder and ex-chief producer of YG Entertainment, resigned from his post in June after drug and sex scandals rocked the company since March.

He was placed under formal investigation by police earlier this week over allegations of gambling involving illicit cash exchange along with Seungri, a former member of YG's highly popular band BIGBANG.

"We are trying to gather evidence on how (Yang) secured funds for gambling, and how many times the alleged gambling took place," a Seoul police officer told AFP.

Local news reports said Yang was alleged to have engaged in "habitual and illegal gambling", in locations including Macau and Las Vegas since the early 2000s.

Yang was also separately placed under investigation by police last month for allegedly arranging sex services for foreign investors back in 2014.

A member of the popular boy band Seo Tae Ji and Boys in the 1990s, Yang developed YG into a K-pop powerhouse with the success of idol groups such as BIGBANG and BLACKPINK.

The firm is now considered one of South Korea's top three entertainment agencies alongside SM and JYP, and was behind the 2012 mega hit "Gangnam Style" by Psy that helped raise K-pop's global profile.

But it has been in hot water since Yang and some of its stars were implicated in a spate of scandals.

Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, retired in March after being accused of arranging sex services for potential investors in his business. 

In June, fellow YG artist Kim Han-bin, a member of boyband iKon, left the group amid allegations he had bought illegal drugs three years ago -- in a case Yang is also accused of trying to cover up.

Earlier this year, a building owned by another YG star Daesung also came under investigation over an allegation that four of its tenants were involved with illicit sex and drug businesses.

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LATEST UPDATE: March 22, 2019 - 10:23am

K-pop star Jung Joon-young has been arrested, hours after he apologized for filming and distributing illicit sex videos, in a scandal that has rocked South Korea's entertainment industry.

The singer-songwriter last week admitted to filming himself having sex and sharing the footage without his partners' consent.

The videos of at least 10 women were shared through mobile chat rooms in 2015 with recipients including fellow K-pop star Seungri of BIGBANG.

The Seoul Central District Court issued the arrest warrant late Thursday, hours after Jung appeared at a hearing and apologized for committing "unforgivable crimes", the South's Yonhap news agency reported. 

"I am sorry. I made a big and inexcusable mistake, and I admit my guilt," he said.

"I will live my days repenting for the sins."

Following the hearing, the 30-year-old was led away in handcuffs and taken to a police station to await the court's decision on the warrant. — Agence France-Presse

March 22, 2019 - 10:23am

YG Entertainment retains Yang Min-suk, brother of Yang Hyun-suk, as CEO, the Korea Herald reports.

YG Entertainment manages the mega kpop boy group BIGBANG, whose youngest member Seungri is embroiled in the sex-for-investment probe in Seoul.

Korean media reports YG Entertainment is under investigation for tax evasion.

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