It all started with an assault at the “Burning Sun” club, whose manager is none other than former BIGBANG member, Seungri.
The assault took place on November 24, 2018, when the client Mr. Kim came to the aid of a female who was being harassed outside the club, only to be severely beaten by the director of the club as well as the security guards, thus suffering from injuries in the face, chest, and stomach. On January 28, 2019, a CCTV footage showing the incident was broadcasted on MBC’s “News Desk.”
Mr. Kim, who was wrongfully booked by Seoul Metropolitan Police, ended up bringing down the chain of corruption that lay within the “Burning Sun” club. As a matter of fact, further investigations exposed that there was much more to the case than a simply physical assault on either Mr. Kim or the female victim. After extensive research, it was revealed that Seungri was in fact involved in many illegal activities, with prostitution mediation and filming and sharing illegal hidden camera footage being the main one among many others such as embezzlement, tax evasion, drug abuse, bribing authorities, and gambling.
Following this scandal outburst, Seungri took upon himself to officially retire from the entertainment industry to preserve the reputation of fellow BIGBANG members and YG Entertainment. Two days later, Seungri’s now-former agency posted a statement where it announced the termination of his contract, and proceeded later on to remove all trace of him on their official websites and merchandise.
Ever since the controversy regarding “Burning Sun” came to be, many other idol names resurfaced, which caused immense outrage among Koreans. Some of the idols involved in the hidden camera footage fiasco are: Jung Joon Young, Yong Junhyung (Highlight), Choi Jung Hoon (FTISLAND), Lee Jong Hyun (CNBLUE), Roy Kim, and Eddy Kim.
The idols in question have left their respective groups and most of them retired from the entertainment industry. Currently, Only Jung Joon Young had an arrest warrant filed against him, however Police have failed to secure an arrest warrant for Seungri.
This horrendous incident took Korea by a storm as it showed how idols go above the law and escape justice because of their celebrity status. The president of South Korea Moon Jae In himself stepped in following the scandal breakout, and insisted on exposing the truth in order to restore justice and punish those who failed to preserve it.