SEOUL • Disgraced former K-pop star Seungri enlisted in the South Korean army on Monday, meaning a military court will now hear his trial on charges stemming from a sex and drug scandal last year.
The 29-year-old singer from popular boy band BigBang has been indicted on accusations including prostitution arrangement, embezzlement and illicit gambling.
All able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfil around two years of military service to defend the country from nuclear-armed North Korea, with which it remains technically at war.
Wearing a black hooded shirt and matching face mask, Seungri arrived at a military boot camp in Cheorwon, a border town 100km north of Seoul.
Seungri – whose military service was postponed last year because of ongoing police inquiries – bowed to reporters but did not answer questions before checking in, Yonhap news agency reported.
BigBang enjoyed widespread fame following their 2006 debut and Seungri went on to become a successful businessman, but the public backlash and formal investigations led him to retire from show business last year.
Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, is accused of habitual overseas gambling at luxurious casinos in Las Vegas involving illicit foreign exchange transactions.
He is also suspected of arranging sex services for potential Read More – Source