Disgraced former K-pop star Seungri was convicted of arranging prostitution and other charges stemming from a sex and drugs scandal and jailed for three years Thursday by a military court, reports said.
The 30-year-old singer from popular boyband BIGBANG, who retired from showbusiness as the scandal mounted and later enlisted in the military, was found guilty on all nine counts against him, according to multiple media reports.
BIGBANG enjoyed widespread fame following its 2006 debut and Seungri — real name Lee Seung-hyun — went on to become a successful businessman.
He was convicted of arranging sex services for potential investors in his business, as well as overseas gambling at luxurious casinos in Las Vegas involving illicit foreign exchange transactions.
“It is hard to see the defendant was not aware of financial payments paid to the women for sex,” judge Hwang Min-je was cited as saying.
“It appears that he carried out systematic sexual prostitution.”
Seungri had changed his testimony under police questioning and in court, he added, and “lacked credibility”.
The singer was also ordered to pay 1.15 billion won ($1 million) in restitution.