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Seungri Denies Allegations Of Prostitution Services And Gambling, Says He Was “Bluffing”
Mar 19, 2019
by Y. Shin
Seungri has spoken up about his recent controversies through a phone interview with Sisa Journal.
On March 19, media outlet Sisa Journal released an exclusive report of Seungri’s interview where he denied allegations of providing prostitution services and traveling overseas to gamble. The media outlet was able to interview Seungri through his lawyer Son Byung Ho.
During the interview, Seungri stated, “Didn’t all of these events begin with the conversations from the KakaoTalk [chatrooms]? Just as we wrote ‘police chief,’ we were just fools, just friends who were bluffing and showing off without knowing anything.” On March 13, a certain individual in the chatroom mentioned a “police chief,” saying he “has my back.” However, because the phrase used for “police chief” contained a typo, many suspected that the word actually referred to the “Commissioner General of the police” or the “Public Prosecutor General” as all three phrases are very similar in Korean. It was later revealed that the “police chief” in question was a senior superintendent officer.
Seungri continued, “These things have caused a public opinion [that I’m involved in] tax evasion and police collusion. Honestly, I’m in a situation where even if I tell the truth, no one will believe it. Even the investigators believe that the contents of the KakaoTalk [chatrooms] are all true and considered evidence. [Sigh] I’m afraid I won’t be judged fairly to be right or wrong due to the fact that I’m famous and a celebrity. Because I feel sorry to the people of Korea, aren’t I in a position where I can’t complain of the injustice or make rebuttals? Finally, to add one more thing, there was no overseas gambling, nor were there prostitution services.”
Sisa Journal had previously revealed messages that showed Seungri and his business partner from 2014 known as “A” engaging in habitual gambling abroad. In response to this report, Seungri stated, “When I said that I earned money during that time, or when I sent pictures of money, I was just bluffing and lying. I wanted to show off, so I said things that weren’t even true. ‘A’ didn’t even see me gamble, nor was he there with me. You can find this if you confirm it with the hotel.” Seungri also referred to the business partner as a “scammer.”
The same day, Sisa Journal met with Seungri’s lawyer Son Byung Ho. The lawyer explained “A” and Seungri’s conversation from 2014 alluding to prostitution. The two had discussed which woman they should bring to their trip to Indonesia, and Seungri also presented photos and information about the ages, jobs, and personalities of various women, asking his business partner to choose a woman.
Lawyer Son Byung Ho explained that “A” had requested Seungri to introduce him to a woman who could accompany him to Indonesia as if she were his wife or girlfriend. He added that “A” had eventually gone to Indonesia with Seungri without any women accompanying them.
Sisa Journal then added that Seungri had sent a message that said, “I was in the wrong. I shouldn’t have gotten involved with those guys and done those things.”
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So I read the replies, as expected people thought it’s a stupid defense, also apparently seungri still has some actual chats from years ago in his phone, not the excel format one.
— ?아롬? (@ahremming) March 19, 2019
As I remember he doesn’t have the actual group chat anymore, who will believe him without that.