While there’s a lot to catch up on regarding the Burning Sun mess, police have announced today that Seungri‘s case has been forwarded to the prosecution on seven charges.
On June 25, the Metropolitan/Provincial Special Detective Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency revealed that Seungri has been forwarded to the prosecution on charges of solicitation of prostitution and prostitution mediation, occupational embezzlement of Burning Sun funds, occupational embezzlement of attorney’s fees, instigating destruction of evidence, violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes, and violation of the Food Sanitation Act.
They also provided details on those charges.
The police found several instances of Seungri having mediated prostitution from December 2015 through January 2016. In terms of embezzlement, police investigation has found him to have embezzled a total of 1.12 billion won (approximately $969,000). Seungri and Yoo In Suk used a borrowed-name bank account managed by Madam Lin’s Korean assistant Ahn, pretended to hire a club MD (merchandiser), and embezzled 566 million won (approximately $490,000) as supposed pay for the MD. Seungri and Yoo In Suk also embezzled an additional 528 million won (approximately $457,000) of Burning Sun funds with the pretext of expenses for using the Monkey Museum brand. Seungri also embezzled 22 million won (approximately $19,000) of Monkey Museum funds with the pretext of personal attorney expenses. The charge on the violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes is for sharing illegally filmed content in a KakaoTalk chatroom with Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and more. He has also been charged for instigating the members of the chatroom to destroy evidence by changing their phones. The violation of the Food Sanitation Act was found for the operation of Monkey Museum.
Notably, they did not decide to charge him for his overseas birthday party, deciding that despite him paying for women from adult entertainment facilities to attend and then sex happening, it was just a coincidence.
He was forwarded to the prosecution with recommendation for non-indictment regarding suspicions of prostitution mediation at his birthday party in Palawan in December 2017. A source of the police explained, “Considering the flight and hotel expenses, it was not a large amount of money, and only a small part of the attendees were involved in sexual activity. It is not possible to view as solicitation of prostitution on a juridical level.”
Probably too hard to charge him for this or whatever, but amusing nonetheless.
Anyway, at least from a moral standpoint, most of this pales in comparison to Seungri viewing Jung Joon Young‘s molka videos (by his own admission) and specifically laughing at one in a group chat that turned out to allegedly be of a rape, not remembering an alleged rape that happened at his gathering, and funding the legal defense of a DJ accused of sexual assault.
Anyway, while Yoo In Suk is also reportedly being forwarded to prosecution on charges of his own, they are also apparently doing the same to Madam Lin.
Taiwanese investor Madam Lin will be treated as an accomplice and forwarded to prosecution on the same day. She is being suspected of laundering money by using fake bank deposit books in the name of the club’s employees and embezzling 570 million won (approximately $491,000). MBN states that the police booked Madam Lin on June 18 after conducting two document investigations. Taking future international cooperation into account, however, the police plan on forwarding Madam Lin’s case with the suggestion of a suspension of indictment. Including Madam Lin’s suspected involvement, MBN reports that the total amount of the funds embezzled by Seungri and Yoo In Suk increases to 1.1 billion won (approximately $947,000).
Well that’s new.
Nothing seemingly actually serious, but the embezzlement allegations involving her were not nothing, it seems. Or at least nothing that could be covered up completely.