Update: Seungri’s Side Responds To Accusations Of Paying Escorts At His Birthday Party In Palawan
Updated April 15 KST:
On April 15, the police held a press conference to reveal the progress of their investigations about the suspicions of prostitution mediation surrounding Seungri. They stated, “We are investigating two people who went to Palawan with Seungri and checking the expenses by looking into their bank accounts. We have figured out how much [Seungri paid for the women’s] travel expenses, and we must look into it further to find out the source of the money.”
A source from Seungri admitted that he invited female escorts to his birthday party in Palawan, but denied that money was exchanged for sexual favors. The source stated, “Transferring money to an adult entertainment establishment does not mean sexual acts were expected in return. If the money were sent with expectations of receiving sexual favors in return, we should have gotten the money back from female escorts who did not engage in sexual acts at the party.” They emphasized that the money was transferred solely to cover their travel expenses.
The police have found evidence of Seungri paying a sum exceeding travel expenses to professional female escorts who attend his birthday party in Palawan, Philippines.
On April 14, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Provincial Special Detective Division secured records of financial transactions indicating that Seungri transferred a sum that exceeds regular travel expenses to the escorts.
The birthday party in question was held in December 2017 and attended by Seungri’s friends and foreign investors. It was reported that eight professional female escorts were invited as well.
On April 14, some of the women who had attended the party stated to the police that they had voluntarily entered into sexual acts with men at the party and were not instructed to do so by Seungri or anyone else. When suspicions were raised about Seungri paying for their travel expenses, Seungri stated that he had paid for all of the attendees and not just for the women suspected to be involved in prostitution.
However, the police suspect that this was a case of prostitution mediation as the women were not friends of Seungri. In addition, the escorts were paid a sum that is greater than the travel expenses, meaning that the additional amount may have been given in exchange for prostitution.
A source from the police stated, “We are open to all possibilities including requesting a pretrial detention warrant.” A pretrial detention warrant allows a prosecutor the right to put suspects or defendants in detention.
Meanwhile, the police are also also investigating additional allegations of Seungri providing prostitution services for a Japanese investor visiting Korea.
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