Former K-Pop artist Seungri, who is best known as a member of the South Korean group BIGBANG, has been sentenced to three years in prison after getting indicted on nine charges.
According to a Donga report, Seungri has been taken into custody after his trial at the Military Court of the Ground Operations Command in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.
He was sentenced to three years in prison for arranging prostitution as well as charges related to his sex and drugs scandals.
The 30-year-old singer was also ordered to pay a fine worth 1.15 billion won ($1 million).
Commenting on his prostitution mediation charges, the court, as translated by Korean entertainment site Soompi, said: “The defendant conspired with Yoo In Suk to mediate prostitution for foreign investors on several occasions and gained profits.”
It added: “The defendant’s crimes that commercialized sex has a large negative influence on society.”
He was supposed to finish his military training until mid-September but was forced to be discharged due to the court sentence. He was arrested last August 12 for fear he might leave the country before the trial.
Seungri rose to fame as part of the K-Pop group BIGBANG which debuted under YG Entertainment in the mid-2000s.
In 2008, he pursued solo endeavors while fulfilling his obligations as part of BIGBANG.
It was in March 2019 when he left BIGBANG and retired from the entertainment industry following allegations against him being a supplier of prostitutes.