Seungri’s legal issues are still ongoing after his enlistment in the military, and the military court recently handled his hearing. His side admitted to a gambling charge, but denied all the others.
Seungri’s side stated, “We deny all charges except his violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.”
For those who (understandably) may have forgot what he’s facing, there are eight charges total with a wide range of seriousness.
Seungri has been indicted on eight charges including purchase of prostitution services, prostitution mediation, embezzlement, violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Economic Crimes (an additional charge for embezzlement of a sum exceeding a certain number), violation of the Food Sanitation Act, habitual gambling, violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, and violation of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes. Seungri’s case was transferred to the military courts after his enlistment in March.
Him and his lawyers addressed the charges.
At court, Seungri’s legal representative stated, “The defendant (Seungri) has no motive to mediate prostitution. He did not play any role in Yoo In Suk’s prostitution mediation.” Former Yuri Holdings CEO Yoo In Suk pleaded guilty to his charges including prostitution mediation in June. In regards to suspicions that Seungri purchased prostitution services for himself, they said, “Seungri does not remember if he had intercourse with the woman in question, and he thought the woman was someone Yoo In Suk had sent because she simply wanted to meet him.” The legal representative added, “Habitual gambling can only be recognized after considering not only the amount of money gambled, but all aspects including the total number of times gambled, duration, motive, and previous conviction. Gambling was not the purpose of the defendant’s visit to the United States, and he carried out all of his scheduled activities during his stay.” Regarding suspicions that he filmed and spread illegal footage, Seungri’s legal representative said, “He did not take the photos himself. He only shared photos that he received from an adult entertainment establishment in a group chat with his friends.”
Seungri personally spoke about his alleged violation of the Food Sanitation Act in relation to his operation of club Monkey Museum, saying, “After receiving the correction order, all of the problematic structures were taken out. I was mostly overseas due to my activities as a celebrity, so I could not confirm it with my own eyes.” Seungri admitted to one charge, his violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, and stated that he was reflecting on his wrongdoing.
It amazes me that people continue to defend him or pretend that because this is being dragged out legally he was innocent or something. Like we’re honestly supposed to believe the guy he was in business with and in a private group chat with talking about prostitutes, pleads guilty and implicated Seungri but Seungri just had absolutely no connection or knowledge of this going on. Furthermore, again, legal consequences or not, he was aware of the molka videos that got others sent to prison. Should be interesting to see how it’s worked around now that his lawyer is saying he didn’t take the videos (nobody said that) but just shared stuff from the chat. Not sure how a normal person reconciles that morally.
Regardless, court is about what you can prove, not what you know, and given how this entire case was handled there’s little reason to have confidence in proceedings, honestly.