Legal proceedings were conducted by a military court due to the fact that Seungri had been in military service – a mandatory requirement for men in South Korea – at the time of his arrest.
Lee, who appeared in uniform at the military court in Yongin, south of Seoul, shook his head as he listened to the verdict, which also included an order for him to pay a fine worth 1.15 billion won ($ 990,000) , reported Reuters.
Lee denied most of the allegations, according to Reuters.
Seungri’s indictment and sentencing were part of the larger so-called “Burning Sun scandal” over a nightclub in Seoul’s glittering Gangnam neighborhood. Seungri sat on the board of the club and oversaw its publicity.
According to Seoul Metropolitan Police, the Burning Sun was the site of bribery, violence against customers, securing prostitutes for VIPs, rape, drug trafficking and drug use. Numerous women have come forward with allegations of being assaulted or drugged in the club.
Since the charges, Burning Sun has closed — and a handful of high-profile figures have been affected by the scandal. Further police investigation revealed an online group chat sharing sexually explicit videos of women filmed without their knowledge and consent, leading to two other K-pop stars — Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon — being sentenced to six and five, respectively. years in prison.
People outside the entertainment industry, including a former police officer and nightclub staff, have also been brought down by the scandal.
The scandal has called into question how stars of South Korea’s multimillion-dollar entertainment industry treat women — and reflect broader issues of illegal filming, sexual harassment, and voyeurism in South Korean society.
Reuters contributed reporting.
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