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Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid controversy

On Monday, Seungri (born Lee Seung-hyun) posted a message on his personal Instagram account, expressing his intent to retire.

The five-member group, which has won a huge global following since it was formed in 2006, is taking a break after abruptly cancelling concerts scheduled for later this month.

The lobbying is alleged to have happened at nightclubs in Seoul, South Korea's capital. I personally can not tolerate causing harm to everyone around me in order to save myself.

If you don't know, he is one part of the boy band BIGBANG.

"I give my heartfelt, honest thanks to fans at home and overseas who gave their love for the past 10 years", he continued.

The rep continued, "Seungri has been having a hard time at how he has been causing harm to the people around him".

A former supporter replied to the post saying: "I'm so embarrassed at myself for being your fan for the last 10 years".

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In 2011, band leader G-Dragon was investigated for smoking marijuana, which is illegal in South Korea, but was released without charge. He then apologized once more.

The allegations of sexual abuse at the Burning Sun nightclub were made by a man claiming to be a former VIP member.

K-Pop star Seungri is retiring from the music industry after being charged with supplying prostitutes. The source said staff at the club would regularly text their rich customers telling them the venue had women "ready" for them, local broadcaster MBC reported.

Police have said that they would still be able to conduct their investigation while Seungri is serving in the army, and military officials have said the singer would have to submit a written request for deferment.

There is no suggestion whatsoever that Seungri was involved with the alleged wrongdoing.

Seungri was due to enrol on 25 March but could ask for a deferment while he addresses the allegations.

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