In the latest mess for Big Bang and YG Entertainment, Channel A‘s ‘News A‘ reports that a building owned by Daesung has illegal activities taking place in it through businesses operating out of the property.
Daesung, who is currently completing his mandatory military service, purchased the building in 2017 for 31 billion won (about $26.3 million). “News A” reported that five of the floors on that building, contrary to what was reported on the official building register, were operating adult entertainment businesses. “News A” further reported that some of those businesses mediated prostitution services. The building is located in the heart of the Gangnam district and likely brings in 100 million won (about $85,000) per month in earnings from the leasing alone. According to the building register, floors 5-8 are supposed to operate various restaurants and a photography studio. The “News A” production staff went directly to the building and found that there were no signs advertising those businesses on the outside of the building and that three floors could not be accessed through the elevator. The eighth floor, which was supposed to contain a photography studio, was fenced off and not accessible to the public. The reporters confirmed that those businesses could only be entered by official members and concealed the nature of their business from the general public. An internal source claimed that prostitution was also taking place at those businesses, suggesting that customers would be with women at the business for a few hours before heading out together. “News A” also interviewed neighbors who stated that those businesses only opened at night and that frequently women would enter rooms full of men and be escorted out to expensive imported cars.
Given what’s going on with YG and Seungri and Burning Sun, the notable part of the accusations are surely that businesses are reported to be connected to prostitution services, essentially saying what’s listed is a front.
That said, Daesung’s real estate manager has responded to the report, saying Daesung himself (who is currently enlisted) knew nothing.
Daesung’s real estate representative stated, “Daesung is the owner of the building but he is not in any way affiliated with its businesses. He thought that the businesses were operating as they said they were on the business licenses. We will check whether illegal business activity is taking place and cancel our lease with those tenants who are breaking the law.”
I mean … that’s not the most assuring of statements, honestly. It doesn’t deny anything in the report, it just basically says he was an irresponsible landlord and didn’t know anything about what is alleged to have been going on.
Basically, now that it’s been caught they’re going to clean things up, but unless they come out with something substantial in the future, it goes to reason that somebody knew what was going on there and gave it the green light.
Putting aside the moral aspect of this, apparently what’s descried here would be very illegal as well.