Burning Sun scandal in K-pop industry resurfaces after BBC documentary

An image from the BBC documentary “Burning Sun: Exposing the Secret K-pop Chat Groups”  shows K-pop singers Seungri, left, and Jung Joon-young, third from left.  Captured from BBC News Korea's YouTube

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has released a new documentary, “Burning Sun: Exposing the Secret K-pop Chat Group,” revisiting the 2019 sex and drug scandal involving K-pop stars and highlighting the dark side of the K-pop industry.The documentary focuses on the events surrounding the Burning Sun nightclub, which was associated with Seungri of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, and delves into allegations of sexual assault and illicit activities which were reportedly carried out by prominent figures within the K-pop scene.The one-hour documentary is based on the testimonies of two female journalists in Seoul. Park Hyo-sil, who first broke the story on allegations of singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young’s voyeur videos recorded his girlfriend in 2016.

Reporter Kang Kyung-yoon covered the Burning Sun scandal three years later, after obtaining forensic data from Jung’s mobile phone showing that Jung, Seungri and Choi Jong-hoon of FT Island were all key members of a group chat on KakaoTalk, a popular Korean instant messaging app. These celebrities lived a double life, drugging and sexually assaulting female customers at the nightclub. They also illegally filmed the victims and shared the footage with each other and other celebrity friends.In addition to interviews with the victims, the documentary revealed previously unseen footage of the perpetrators. A clip from the documentary shows Seungri grabbing a woman’s arm roughly, raising his hand in a threatening manner and shouting at her, seemingly at a party, saying “Shut up! Shut up, follow me!” and bragging about being a member of the famous group BIGBANG at a drinking 온라인카지노 party.

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