BIGBANG's Seungri just announced his retirement from the entertainment industry via an Instagram post.
"This is Seungri.
At this point, I think it would be best if I retire from the entertainment industry. I decided on retiring from the entertainment industry as the issues that I caused a societal disturbance with are too major. Regarding the issues that are being investigated, I will be investigated diligently and reveal all the suspicions.
Receiving criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half and with the situation of all the investigative agencies in the country currently investigating me, I am even being cornered as a traitor of the nation. I personally cannot tolerate causing harm to everyone around me in order to save myself.
I sincerely thank all of the fans in and outside of Korea who have given me lots of love for the past 10 years, and I think this is where I stop even if it’s at least [to protect] the honor of YG and BIGBANG.
Again, I am sorry and apologize once again.
I have been thankful to everyone until now."
On March 10, Soompi reported that Seungri was charged for violating Korea's law on "the punishment of prostitution mediation and other related actions." This came after Korean local enforcement issued a warrant to search a club where Seungri was rumored to have provided escorts for foreign investors.
Additionally, the police have banned Seungri from leaving Korea while the investigation is ongoing.