‘Straight‘ is the investigative journalism show that reported on YG allegedly entertaining investors like Jho Low with prostitutes from Madam Jung at a dinner party that PSY also attended. Jho Low, YG, and PSY acknowledged their attendance but denied involvement in prostitution mediation.
The program recently released a follow-up disputing their denials regarding their roles, saying that the trio’s meeting began a day before that.
In May, PSY stated that he and Yang Hyun Suk were the first ones to leave after drinking and eating with others. “Straight,” however, stated that their strange meeting with Jho Low began a day before this dinner. In September 2014, Jho Low, Madam Jung, and 25 employees from her adult entertainment establishment had dinner at a famous restaurant in Gangnam. One witness said, “Yang Hyun Suk gave instructions. During the second round at the adult entertainment establishment, Jho Low sat at the head of the table in the center, and PSY and Hwang Ha Na sat around him near the door. Yang Hyun Suk sat on the other side near the bathroom. A part of Jho Low’s party headed to a hotel and the person who booked the hotel was an employee of YG Entertainment.”
That calls all of their defenses into question, something that ‘News Desk‘ of MBC later reported themselves.
At Madam Jung’s establishment, Yang Hyun Suk and PSY waited for Jho Low’s party to arrive. I clearly heard Yang Hyun Suk say to Madam Jung, ‘Madam Jung is working hard because of me today so I need to help you sell a lot of alcohol. Give me whatever you want.’”
YG said he wasn’t going to answer.
Meanwhile, Yang Hyun Suk responded, “I’m not going to answer because I’ve finished giving my statement and evidence through the police investigation.”
Furthermore, it was reported by ‘Straight’ that a month after the dinner party Madam Jung took 10 prostitutes to Europe for Jho Low and it was organized by a YG Entertainment employee.
About a month after Jho Low and Yang Hyun Suk’s meeting, 10 women from Madam Jung’s adult entertainment establishment went to Europe. The women each received around 10 million to 20 million won (approximately $8,649 to $17,298). The women rode Jho Low’s private jet, landed on his ultra-luxurious jet, and enjoyed shopping at luxury brand stores. People who participated in the trip claimed that the prostitution mediation was organized by a YG employee. Despite many attempts to check to see if this situation was connected to a YG employee, “Straight” was unable to get an answer from the agency.
MBC’s ‘News Desk’ also provided further details on this.
In an interview with “Newsdesk,” a woman who went on the trip said, “There’s a girl who goes by the name (censored) in the adult entertainment establishment and I remember she was Jho Low’s partner. At the Europe trip, Jho Low bought her luxury goods worth hundreds of millions of won.” The participants of the trip said that Jho Low told a YG employee about inviting women, and this employee cast women through Madam Jung. A source from “News Desk” said, “We obtained testimony that when conflict arose about money the women would receive, a source from Jho Low brought up the issue with a YG employee and not the guide Madam Jung. This is the part that supports the possibility of YG’s involvement.”
At the time, YGE did not respond as it was confirming details.
Going back to ‘Straight’, the show then goes on to talk about how the relationships developed by YG ties into their food business.
About YG’s push for entering the food business, a source from YG Entertainment explained, “The profit that BIGBANG members earned in Korea and abroad made up to about 80 percent of YG’s total performance profit. Because BIGBANG’s profits were directly linked to the company’s business index, BIGBANG was the most important entity to YG that was listed on the stock market. Yang Hyun Suk contemplated deeply about how to increase profit after BIGBANG’s military enlistment and was preparing business diversification. I understand that he looked at Asian countries with high idol brand popularity in particular.” The staff of “Spotlight” explained, “Thailand’s Show DC Shopping Mall opened in spring of 2017. YG had opened various businesses here,” and added that this occurred around the same time as BIGBANG’s military enlistment. The shortcut to YG’s restaurant business was the agency’s connection to the upper class. A businessman in Thailand said, “Contacting the upper class is the shortcut to business. People in the upper class help each other a lot with business.” After a year or two of taking good care of wealthy Thai businessman Bob (also known as Chavanos Rattakul) and Malaysian businessman Jho Low, YG Foods succeeded at entering the market in countries such as Thailand and Malaysia.
YG commented that he believes no charges will be filed.
Yang Hyun Suk said, “I understand that the internal investigation will be concluded without charges in connection to the [prostitution] mediation.”
Police are currently investigating these reports.
As always, don’t expect much from the justice system, but add these sources/reports to whatever you may have already thought about this case.