Earlier today Seungri was booked on suspicion of violating anti-prostitution laws (not to mention the other celebrities who were connected) and even the Prime Minister of the country referenced his ongoing scandals. Somehow that wasn’t the end of the updates even for the day, as Seungri and other singers are now connected with a group chat where hidden camera videos and pictures where shared, according to a report by SBS FunE.
According to a source who has knowledge of the case, “There were approximately ten instances of hidden camera footage and photos that were illegally taken and then shared. Some of the videos and photos were shared in the chatroom that Seungri and other celebrities were a part of.”
Given the described context surrounding the chat, it’s hard to see the revealed conversations as anything but disturbing.
The SBS funE reporter has released more text messages, the new ones dated at 8:42 p.m. KST on January 9, 2016. The person involved was Mr. Kim, who is an acquaintance of Seungri who was helping Seungri with his restaurant business, and he also worked at Club Arena, which the police issued a search warrant for. On January 9, 2016, Mr. Kim posted a video and photos of a man and woman engaging in sexual intercourse. According to the text messages, Seungri responded to the initial video by asking, “Who’s that?” before recognizing the man in the video and identifying him by name. The man in question was in the chatroom. In the video, the woman appeared to be intoxicated and unaware that she was being filmed. Mr. Kim then went on to post three photos of the woman that were secretly taken. The man in the video didn’t appear to be phased by the video and photos being shared, laughing it off. It appears that the man was aware he was being filmed.
In total, there were reportedly eight people who were party to this.
According to SBS funE’s reporting, a total of eight people were in the chatroom, Seungri, two male singers, CEO Yoo of Yoori Holdings, acquaintance Mr. Kim, one entertainment agency employee, and two regular citizens. All eight people saw the video and photos that were posted, but nobody spoke up about the potential problems with the situation.
A police source added that it did not appear that the women were aware they were being recorded.
SBS funE reported that the police has secured other text messages that show similar acts of spreading hidden camera footage. A source from the investigation stated, “Most of the women who were being filmed were not aware they were being filmed.” Other hidden videos were most likely shared within the chatroom as well. According to laws regarding sexual violence crimes, filming or sharing hidden camera footage is subject to five years or less in prison or 30 million won (approximately $26,500) in fines.
If the group chat is verified, which is obviously central to this case, this is yet another terrible thing to throw onto the quickly growing pile of serious shit related to this scandal.
At this point it seems possible that given the sheer volume of texts that were sent to the Anti-Corruption And Civil Rights Commission (ACCRC), that the prostitution charges were just the surface and more stuff like this will continue to come out now.