K-pop star Jung Joon Young quits over sex videos

Joann Johnston
March 14, 2019

But a burgeoning sex scandal in the industry shows how pervasive discrimination and abuse are in South Korean society, activists said.

The videos, which were filmed without the women's consent, were allegedly shared by singer Jung Joon Young, AllKPop reported.

He said he will pull himself out from all TV shows where he has appeared, halt all activities in the entertainment scene and "put everything down" as a public figure. Jung was one of three male artists in a group chat room where some members shared secretly filmed footage of a sexual nature of at least 10 women, according to local broadcaster SBS.

Meanwhile, star agencies whose artists' names have been mentioned in online rumors about Jung Joon-young's videos warned of legal measures against those who spread "false rumors".

Jung later said in a statement that he was admitting to "all my crimes", and announced he was also leaving the entertainment business as a result.

The case against Jung was discovered during a separate police investigation into K-pop superstar Seungri - who was reportedly a member of Jung's group chat. K-pop stars generally cultivate clean-cut images - and are actively promoted by the South Korean government as a key cultural export - making the scandal even more shocking. He has been charged with illegal filming and leaking visual material.

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Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency is expected to question Joon-young him later this week, an officer told AFP.

Seungri, a member of popular boy group BIGBANG, appears at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on February 27, 2019, for questioning.

Seungri was interviewed by police at the weekend over accusations he lobbied potential investors by offering them the services of prostitutes at nightclubs in Seoul's posh Gangnam district.

The next day, on March 13, YG released a second statement saying it had "accepted Seungri's request to terminate his exclusive contract", AllKPop reported.

"The company, YG Entertainment, also apologized to the public for failing to properly manage the 29-year-old singer, who announced Monday he will retire from show business".

South Korea has been fighting an epidemic of "spy cam porn" in recent years.

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