Police have already requested an arrest warrant for Seungri on charges of prostitution mediation, embezzlement, and ordinance violations, but now police are saying that he also solicited prostitution himself.
On May 9, the Provincial Special Detective Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency revealed that they discovered that Seungri had stayed at a hotel in Seoul and received prostitution services. This happened at the time he mediated prostitution to entertain Japanese investors in late 2015. The police have added the charges of receiving prostitution services to Seungri’s pretrial detention warrant. The previously revealed charges were prostitution mediation, embezzlement, and violation of the Food Sanitation Act. A police source also stated, “We are looking into other suspicions of [Seungri] mediating prostitution services for investors in addition to the instances at his 2017 birthday party in Palawan and his party with Japanese investors in 2015.” In relation to suspicions of corrupt ties with Senior Superintendent Yoon, the source said, “We have confirmed the truth using all possible methods and are in the process of legally reviewing the case. We are continuing to investigate the currently active police officers who were booked as well.”
In follow-up reports, police reportedly found that Seungri solicited prostitution at his home. However, while Seungri admitted to sex, he denied it was any kind of transaction.
On the evening of May 9, MBN reported that after examining banking records and questioning a source, police obtained evidence that a woman hired by a prostitution mediator had gone to Seungri’s home in 2015. MBN reports that during questioning by police, Seungri acknowledged that there had been a sexual relationship but said it was a normal meeting and not a purchase of prostitution services.
In the grand scheme of events, this is a relatively minor thing assuming everything was consensual, but police seem relatively sure on this (prosecution approved the arrest warrant as well, but the court ultimately decides), going as far as removing charges of distributing illegally-taken footage (which he admitted to) due to a lack of a known victim.