Third K-pop star embroiled in sex video scandal

K pop star Jung Joon-young quits music industry after admitting to secretly filming women

Jung Joon-young. Image from Facebook

Yong Junhyung had initially denied being a part of the now-notorious KakaoTalk chatroom in which hidden camera footage and photos were shared by Jung Joon Young.

The Hallyu star has been plagued with controversy and allegations since the beginning of March - first with the Burning Sun scandal, and now with his alleged involvement in secret group chats that were used to circulate hidden camera videos of women.

The police in charge of the case in August 2016 had asked the fix center recovering Jung's cellphone to give a written statement that it was impossible to recover the data on the mobile phone, the whistleblower said on local news outlet SBS.

Lee said on Monday he was leaving the entertainment industry to fight the accusations.

Jung, who is accused of taping 10 or more women, is due to be questioned by Seoul Metropolitan Police on Thursday.

"I admit to all my crimes", said Jung in a statement.

Seungri, a member of South Korean K-pop band Big Bang, arrives to be questioned over a sex bribery case at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea, March 14, 2019. "However, although I knew of what was happening during that time, I thought of it as not a big deal and acted at ease".

One K-pop star was charged this week with running an illegal prostitution ring, and now another singer has admitted to sharing secretly filmed videos of himself having sex.

"I'll leave Highlight since I realized the seriousness of the issue and don't want it to bring further damage to my fans, who probably were disappointed with me and other band members".

Seungri's announcement comes around the same time news outlet SBS funE reported that the singer was part of a chat group where videos of women engaging in sexual acts were shared. Police said there were several Kakao Talk chatrooms involved but didn't elaborate.

Forbes magazine reported in June 2016 the band took home $US44 million ($A62 million) in pre-tax earnings in the previous year, more than the $US 33.5 million collected by then the highest-paid American all-male arena pop group, Maroon 5.

The scandals have rocked K-pop, which has a global fan base and generates billions of dollars for the South Korean economy. Some suicides have occurred among celebrities in the industry.

Seungri has been engaged in diverse business ventures, including a ramen franchise and a dance academy, and enjoyed displaying his lavish lifestyle.

South Korea has been battling a growing epidemic of so-called "molka", or spycam videos - mostly of women, secretly filmed by men.

Seungri has refused to hand over his cellphone to the police for investigation.

According to a report on The Korea Herald, YG Entertainment on Wednesday announced it is ending its exclusive contract with Seungri as per his request.

Revelations of a mobile messenger chat room made of eight people, including Seungri, Jung and FT Island's Choi Jong-hoon, that include messages exchanged in July 2016 that implicate a cozy relationship with the national police agency chief have put the spotlight on the police.

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