A rep from YG Entertainment says Seungri has been 'in pain'

Big Bang's Seungri announces retirement amid controversy

The charges against Seungri carry a prison sentence of up to three years. "As for the ongoing probe, I will take the investigation seriously to clear all the allegations", he said on his Instagram account.

His agency, YG Entertainment, said on Monday that it was aware the 28-year-old singer had been charged, but it did not have any new comment.

Seungri (승리) is quitting the entertainment industry.

The singer, who also owns a global franchise restaurant business, suspended his entertainment career in February and canceled concerts scheduled for later this month.

"For the past 11/2 months, I have been denounced by the public, every investigation agency is probing me and I have been accused as a traitor".

The search stems from leaked Kakaotalk messages from 2015 that are alleged to be between Seungri, CEO Yoo of Yuri Holdings, and a club employee. "I just can not accept causing pain to those around me just for my sake". He is one of five people to make up Big Bang, who are considered showbusiness royalty in the country and many other parts of the world.

A petition surfaced last week calling for him to step aside after causing "unrecoverable damage to the group's reputation".

"I give my heartfelt, honest thanks to fans at home and overseas who gave their love for the past 10 years, and I think this should be it for the sake of the reputation of YG and Big Bang".

Band leader G-Dragon was also investigated for smoking marijuana in 2011, although he was released without indictment.

Again, I am sorry and would like to apologize once again.

Unfortunately for him, that all had to be scrapped once he became the prime suspect in the Burning Sun investigation.

The scandal comes ahead of the singer's mandatory military service, which all able-bodied South Korean men are required to complete.

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