SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea police are due to question two K-pop stars over allegations of sex tapes, secret chat about rape, and deals facilitated by prostitutes, in a sex scandal that has rocked South Korea’s music world and hit entertainment stocks.
The allegations against the boyish stars who epitomise an industry that has put South Korean pop culture on the global stage has triggered a blame game with accusations the business has neglected young stars’ morality in the lust for fame and fortune.
Singer Lee Seung-hyun, said on Monday he was leaving the entertainment industry to fight accusations he paid for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment in his business.
Police have said the 28-year-old singer is suspected of what is known as “sexual bribery”.
Mr Lee, a member of the group BIGBANG, denies any wrongdoing.
Another singer and television celebrity, Jung Joon-young, is also in trouble.
Mr Jung admitted on Wednesday to having shared videos he secretly took while having sex with women. Police are investigating.