SEOUL, March 14 — South Korea police are due to question two K-pop stars today 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.
Police have said Lee, a member of the group BIGBANG and nicknamed South Korea’s “Great Gatsby” for his lavish lifestyle, is suspected of what is known as “sexual bribery”.
Lee and Jung were both members of online chat groups where secret sex tapes were shared, and men joked about drugging and raping women, according to the broadcaster SBS.
Shares of Lee’s agency, YG Entertainment, fell more than 20 per cent after his sex bribery scandal was first reported on February 26, while shares of other top music companies have also taken hits.