Earlier today, Daesung of Big Bang was caught up in a controversy over a report that a building he owned by illegally housing multiple adult entertainment businesses.
Now Daesung has released an apology through YG Entertainment.
The building described in the reports is one that I purchased just before enlisting and is a building that has been under my name. I enlisted almost immediately after buying [the building], and as a result from it, I would like to once more sincerely apologize for my inexperienced management of the building. At the time of purchasing the building, business was already taking place as there were tenants that had already moved in, so I was not properly aware of the illegal activities of the relevant companies. For establishments that have been identified to have done illegal activities, we will immediately be taking legal action, and with my responsibilities as the landlord, I will do my best. I have belatedly realized my shortcomings and am deeply reflecting. I will do my best faithfully in regards to all the incorrect aspects.
So he’s essentially claiming ignorance here, saying that he bought the building and didn’t know anything about the businesses that were operating in it, but will now clean it out two years after the fact.
As mentioned in the previous article on this, the way the law is setup in Gangnam, he’s partially liable as landlord regardless, which is likely why the tone is apologetic. In terms of how likely this is to be the truth, I guess it’s technically possible in terms of him having plausible deniability. Maybe he didn’t do his due diligence as an investor and/or left it up to somebody else, but in the end it does seem rather unlikely that he or at least somebody in his team didn’t know this was going on in the building.