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Posted by germainej AKP STAFF 21 days ago

Police and alleged witness give statement on assault at Seungri's 'Burning Sun' club

Police and an alleged witness have given statements on the reported assault of female customers at the 'Burning Sun', a club owned by Big Bang's Seungri.

Previous reports stated there have been multiple cases of physical and sexual assault at the 'Burning Sun', and the police have allegedly turned a blind eye due to bribes. Alleged witness Mr. Kim has now spoken up and a previous post on an online community he made has been brought to light. Mr. Kim wrote, "On November 24 at the Burning Sun, a woman being sexually harassed grabbed my shoulder and hid behind me. I asked security for help, but I ended up getting beat up by security guards and people who seemed to be their friends." He further alleged he was taken to the police station, where he was again assaulted by police. Mr. Kim is said to have suffered injuries to his face and stomach, including 3 broken ribs.

In an interview with MBC's 'News Desk', Mr. Kim claimed, "One person [Mr. Jang] took the lead to beat me and security helped him. It was incredibly shameful. Everyone was watching me." When the incident was reported to police, they spoke to a club employee and proceeded to handcuff Mr. Kim, who was ultimately written up for assault and sexual harassment as well as obstruction of business. He further alleged the police did not bother to search the club or look at CCTV.

On January 29, the Seoul Metropolitan Police gave an official statement, saying, "When we arrived, Mr. Kim was overly emotional and refused to give his personal information. We were attempting to verify the report he had assaulted security and caused a disturbance, but Mr. Kim continued causing a commotion. This is why he was arrested for obstruction of business and other reasons. We've secured evidence, including CCTV footage of the area, and we're currently looking through it. We've also called in Mr. Jang to investigate... We'll investigate carefully and thoroughly so that no one is falsely accused."

Mr. Kim has also posted a government petition online at the Blue House website, and it's currently acquired over 90,000 signatures. Stay tuned for updates.
 

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Sarri 21 days ago 4
21 days ago

The Korean police is extremely untrustworthy and shady.

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ExoWeAreOneOT12 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

Police is shady everywhere

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cpttsubasa 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

There are still major differences. In my country police officers are mostly nice and helpful. Only the higher ups are known for corruption.


We also have a large quota of police women. I guess this also helps against sexual assault cases.

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tukowodo (Banned) 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

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Jk4lls 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

if you think korean police officers, you should check out the american police, they stalked a guy non stop recording him inside a van and later killed him after the guy talked bad about them.


or american police officers getting PAID LEAVE for shooting and killing a man on purpose.

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Ricu 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Wow, this is so messed up! And I feel so bad for this "Mr. Kim" for ending up like this. He wanted to help the woman and I respect that so much..

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SharCx 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

koreans are copy pasting this non stop. you done fucked up. also the petition is already over 160k

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MXKpopFan 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

This is fucking organized. He was beat by club security, bystanders AND in police custody?! hell nah, Seungri needs to shut this shit down. He was beat for seeing too much.


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_Jarhon 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

This is why I could never live in any other country than Finland. I'm critical of our own systems not being fair enough, but compared to basically anything outside Europe, I live in a peaceful heaven with incredibly low corruption with reliable and competent government/police.


Can't even imagine how it feels to get beaten up, see the police arrive hoping for justice, but instead you just get manhandled again.

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Quaithe 21 days ago 8
21 days ago

Damn, what a shameful mess... I hope Seungri publishes a statement soon. I want to hear what he has to say about it all.

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JakeyWantsCakey 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

I doubt that he's gonna say anything unless there is solid evidence against him or the club staff...

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Quaithe 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Yeah but I've read the comments on his Instagram page etc. I saw people calling him "pig" because they think he's involved in this. Guess we'll have to wait and see...

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GD_Amber 21 days ago 5
21 days ago

Seungri is the co-owner, not even the ceo or in control of the club, with other owners as well, I don't know why he'll post anything?

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Soshibloke62 21 days ago 3
21 days ago

Institutional misogyny, Korea needs to move into the 21st Century!

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cpttsubasa 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

Not just korea. Kpop fangirls also think it is alright to opress women and getting opressed themselves. The whole oppa worshipping culture is so backwards and counterproductive, it makes me smh.

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icancu007 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

EXACTLY! Omg, the oppa worshiping culture is like on Peak these days... The Girl Idols can't act a little weirdly fun around Boy Idols without getting hate for it, while Boy idols who act weird and do controversial statements/things around ANYONE are all good, bcoz they're guys and can get away with any damn thing!!
Worst thing about above is Females downgrading and hating Females!! I feel Feminism is just an accessory to get what girls want from Men, when I see things like this!

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rainb0wdin0saurs 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I've been so fed up with the kpop community right now that I had to take a break myself. I've given up though. It's everywhere.

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krell 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

DIFFICULT to know what all happened. But these PRIVATE CLUB Alcohol Drinking situations, with these 'VIP' Private Rooms, are a RECIPE for encouraging abuse of female patrons. And yes, the CLUB is likely PAYING MONEY to the POLICE, in order to have their 'Patron Problems' HANDLED in an advantageous manner by POLICE.

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lalalandworld 21 days ago 14
21 days ago

This is unfortunately very common.


As posted in previous article.


I used to be a regular at that club and his other bar too, monkey museum. I also used to be part of the elite party scene in Seoul. I've partied with these staff at burning sun multiple times. Even with Seungri himself. I went to his private afterparty with him and his staff, where there was maybe 10 of us, and I too have left the party looking exactly like that girl.


The problem people need to realise is, that these things happen when you take the risk as a girl going out to a club in general, especially in Asia. It happens in many clubs in Seoul. Its a very serious problem and we must bring light to it. Many of my friends in Korea have been in the same circumstances as that girl where they are drugged in the club and taken into those VIP rooms to then be sexually assaulted. Korea is very misogynistic. Especially when it comes to money, wealthy rich people get away with so much!


The thing is in these VIP rooms at clubs, even the VIP tables. They are bought by very wealthy men. The staff are responsible for finding girls and bringing them into the room as they have to please their customer.This is seen as normal. I know this because I used to be friends with these "VIP" kinds of people. The guys literally sit there in the room, and there is already a line of girls outside waiting to be picked to go in the room. Most cases these girls are voluntary going into these VIP rooms, but unfortunately I have witnessed these guys getting girls either really drunk on purpose or drugged to then force them to leave the club to go home with them. And they get away with it because they are rich.



The main problem is that, after this has happened. No one takes the girl seriously or believes the girl because she had a "choice" to go the club or not or to "accept" the drink. Because in korea and in Asia in general. For a girl going out clubbing can be looked down upon. Asian men don't really respect girls that go clubbing. Thats why they treat these girls horrible, and when something does happen, they say well what do you expect when you go to a club.


And in regards to the guards, yes the guards in burning sun really are horrible. They are so rude and violent every time. Their behaviour is disgusting. Ive had my fair share of arguments with them because of their lack of respect towards people.


In conclusion I disagree with people saying Seungri didnt know whats going on in his clubs. He knows damn well for sure whats going on his clubs, as its widely accepted in most clubs, by the owners and the staff. Its a common practice. I hate that these young naive people who is a fan of his, don't realise what you see and read about him is just a public persona. You have no idea what these celebrities and idols are like behind closed doors. Ive been partying, drinking with many famous idols in Seoul who you would not have expect at all to be that kind of person. These are men at the end of the day. The clubbing in culture in Korea which I have experienced is really toxic and thats why I cut all my ties with those people. Im glad this article has been Brought back to light.

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Seungris_Waffle 21 days ago 5
21 days ago

" realise what you see and read about him is just a public persona."

So u said u know Seungri and you've partied with him and stuff? How is he like in private?



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lalalandworld 21 days ago 4
21 days ago

The kind of guy who is affiliated with these kind of incidents.

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Samsosmooth 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

This is bad business practise for the clubs, government shouldn't allow this to happen, in fact they need to make sure it doesnt happen again, maybe assign a squad/task force or investigation unit, to take action and prevent this from happening in all south korea clubs, if anyone has any allegations, thorough investigations should be conducted to the suspected club, and the the perpretrators should be brought to justice and clubs should either close down, or continue running without another occurence whatsoever, unless they were very guilty

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emmamadison24 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

wow if all this is true them i'm so sorry you had to go through all that. I've watched a lot of Kdramas and this stuff happens there all the time but like most people we don't believe it because its well a drama. I really hope Seungri didn't know about all this because it's getting very hard to defend him when he does problematic stuff like this. I'm a huge iKON fan so i'm just hoping this whole thing doesn't affect them and their promotions. I mean Big Bang is scheduled to get out of the army this summer so any hope of a comeback now is like gone. I just hope Seungri gives a statement about this because this is so messed up in all levels. It's really getting hard defending YG and all his f-ups so I hope they are able to clarify all this.

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lalalandworld 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Unfortunately its true. I just hope that this incident gives a warning to all clubs, not just burning sun, but all clubs that they cannot carry on their bad business practices as it will eventually be brought to light. People are sick of them getting away with this for too long. They need to change, and protect the people who chose to go into their clubs, not abuse them. And for Seungri, he needs to take responsibility for his company, regardless if he was part of this incident or not. Theres no way he doesn't know how his staff are, especially when he is always with them chilling in TRYST restaurant.

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JinsLaughIsOof 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

This is absolutely crazy. Seungri should be fully aware of what’s happening in the club. He can’t just sit around and see all these girls get assaulted. It’s just not right.

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PunchDrunkLove 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

What's the point of even having a law system/police if it isn't doing anything?

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LurkingShadow 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

Allkpop: "We've secured evidence, including CCTV footage of the area, and we're currently looking through it. We've also called in Mr. Jang to investigate... We'll investigate carefully and thoroughly so that no one is falsely accused."

Soompi: “We have secured evidence such as CCTV footages of the surrounding areas and are currently in the process of looking into them. We have also called Mr. Jang in for an investigation. Several cases are being investigated simultaneously, including the statement from a representative of the club and their countercharge against Mr. Kim. Mr. Kim is currently refusing to come in for an investigation.”

They concluded with the words, “We will engage in the investigation carefully and meticulously to ensure that no one is falsely accused.”


...I'm sure some parts of the police statement were omitted just to not bore your readers with too long articles...

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MariaAKAAnnnie 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

I mean... there have been instances of the club deleting CCTV footage of assaults though, where vitcims have tried to file reports only to find that the club had cleared the footage from those hours of that night which makes them unable to report it.... So that's super shady to me...

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Samsosmooth 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

The Government needs to do a crackdown this should not be allowed to happen regularly in the clubbing scene, the thing i hate the most in the world is other people being taken advantage of, they need to create a squad/investigation unit and launch investigations, any people guilty or clubs should recieve punishement, and also this cannot ever happen again, and this task force, needs to maintain the safety of club go-ers from being drugged, if any information is recieved the task force should launch full investigation on the perpetrators and or staff

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Samsosmooth 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

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_ll 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

The general legal theory that is used in cases involving employer liability for employees is “respondeat superior.” This legal theory means “let the master answer.” It holds employers liable for the actions of its employees. However, this rule only applies to actions that are within the course and scope of employment.


Generally, if an employee caused harm while performing work duties or acting on the employer’s behalf, the employer will be found liable for its employee’s acts. This rule may apply in cases in which the employee injured someone in an automotive accident, even if the employee had taken a small personal detour at the time of impact. A detour is considered a small deviation from the employer’s instructions but that is still related to the original instructions. In this scenario, an employer is still held liable.


However, if the employee was on a frolic, a more significant deviation from the employer’s instructions for the employee’s own personal gain or benefit, the employer is generally not held liable.



Another one called Vicarious Liability. This legal theory arises when an injured party claims that another party had the right, ability or duty to control another individual. Under this theory, an employer authorizes a certain act or an act is connected with an authorized act that the act is considered to be within the course of employment. Employers may be found liable for their employees’ tortious acts if they are part of their employment. For example, an employer of a bouncer may be found liable for assault and battery if the bouncer used force due to instructions to do so or because he or she believed this was desired.


Generally, employers are not held liable for an independent contractor’s torts unless the employer owes the victim a non-delegable duty of care.


Negligent Hiring and Retention Another cause of action falls under the legal theory of negligent hiring or retention. This cause arises when an individual asserts that the employer failed to take reasonable care in hiring an employee or in retaining the employee after learning that the employee posed a certain danger to others. The theory is founded on the principle that the employer acted negligently in hiring a criminal for a position in which the employer should have expected he or she would expose others to harm. For example, a transit company may be found liable for negligent retention if it keeps a bus driver in his or her position after learning that he or she recently acquired a DUI. Unlike with respondeat superior, this legal theory holds employers responsible for acts committed by employees outside their scope of employment, including for their violent and criminal acts.


Finally Harassment Workplace. Harassment laws prohibit harassment that is based on a victims’ color, race, sex, religion, nationality, age, disability or genetic information. Likewise, employees who assist others with their workplace harassment claim, provide testimony to employers in such a context or aid an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are protected.


If the complained behavior is sufficiently frequent or severe that a hostile work environment exists or the victim suffered a tangible employment action, the employer can be found liable for workplace harassment. In its defense, if an employer can show that it exercised reasonable care in preventing and correcting any reported harassment and the employee who claims to have been harassed did not lodge a complaint with management, it will not be held liable.


(Source Provided by HG.org)

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tangtangtang 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

Seungri, you need to apologize for this incident. Talk to the press. Outline how the Burning Sun partners plan to deal with the employees in question and what measures Burning Sun plans to take to prevent incidents of this ilk in the future. Your lack of response here is appalling. Korea needs to respect women. You have an oppourtunity take the first step .

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lalalandworld 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Hundred Percent Agree.

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flower_road 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: The club threw Kim out of BS because he harassed women in the club. This exact man had already two precedents of sexual misconduct! And what did Kim do after that? He said he protected a woman of drugs & rape with the 'proof' being a video of a drunk woman, from a different day, that HIT staff inebriated & was dragged out.


RECEIPTS to prove Seungri is innocent:


The TRUTH about the CCTV footage (translation of a Letter From The Security):

"The woman provoked and attacked other guests, and broke the laptop when we were trying to stop her. When she was brought out, before the police came, I was beside her. She hit me and another staff by the face with her fist, we didn’t do anything. She was rude to the police as well. She was brought to the police station due to vandalism, violence and interference of public duties. The next day, she paid compensations and wrote a letter and bought a new computer."


Was Seungri there? NO HE WASN'T. Burning Sun has already clarified that he was not there and was not involved in any of the incidents. Seungri went to Hyoyeon's show, which was on the 23rd of November not the 24th


Is Seungri the CEO? NO! According to an ex-BS official, Seungri was NEVER the CEO! He is an INVESTOR and only a publicity representative of the club, so he has no says in how the club is managed. The most recent update of the company analysis report is from 2018/05 and proves there were at the time only two CEOs, the current ones: Lee Moonho and Lee Seonghyun (not Lee Seunghyun, which is Seungri's real name. There is a difference!!)


Are the incidents RELATED? NO! According to the security, Kim was hit on 24/11 and the women was dragged out of the club on 1/12!

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Cutie888 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

That’s a shame, police are supposed to be there to help us but no. They should be ashamed

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Archaic_Anjel 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

you know, I've been a kpop fan for over ten years. But I mostly left because SK is such a backwards society. They literally set women all the way back to the Stone Age where they can only be seen and not heard. They're so up their ass in mysoginy that it's laughable and quite honestly so sad. They preach one thing, does the opposite. They wanna be seen as the better Korea when really they are almost as bad as NK. Wake me up when Korea starts treating people equally. Don't worry, I know I'll be getting a good sleep. Probably much longer than sleeping beauty ever did

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vip2019 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post! Shea Butter

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L7842 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Aish...Korean police need to NOT be shady & untrustworthy.

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kpoplolita 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

THEre r two sides to the story. dont focus on the club being seungris, hold the assaultman accountabl

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vip2019 2 days ago 0
2 days ago

I must say, I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic. Liked the material. . . . .I love you quotes

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yonyulsic 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

I don't get why women are going to these kind of places in first place. just because you want to have fun. you're risking your life? you can enjoy your life without clubbing and drinking.

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vip2019 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

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vip2019 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

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EddieZ 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

SEUNGRI needs to get to the bottom of this right away. He could be closed down. Female patrons should boycott this place until a full investigation by the Prosecutors office is conducted.

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kefira14 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Corruption~~~

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Rita2020 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

The korean police is as shady as they're in my country damn it!!! Seungri has to close down this club it's rotten and all people involved in this must pay !!!

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pink_oracle 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

So they attempt to maintain a good reputation for the club by beating anyone who might have anything negative to say? Sounds like Russia.

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Oh_welll 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

He is going to 🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏻‍♂️ to the military like they always do !!

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BangtanVIP 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

sometimes I am not surprised anymore that the feminism movement is that extreme in Korea. I can totally understand the hate coming from those women even when I am not supporting this.

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Hyungshi 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I sure hope the club has been shut down for good and whoever deserved the jail time should serve it good!

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yelloworange223 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Punish this dirty cops,do not just dismiss them as if they have no victim...they destroyed the reputation of the entire korean police.So was seungri's staff...seungri will suffer as if he did it himself,he should put them in jail...

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srideout91 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Do any of you think this could effect Seungris career? I sure do. And shame on the police.

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JinsLaughIsOof 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Seungri should be fully aware of what’s happening in his club. This is organized. He sees all this happening and what does he do? Sit around and watch this like it’s a K-Drama off Kocowa. He needs to learn that these woman are getting KILLED in HIS club. Now I know there’s no hope for Big Bang. BigBangs reputation is on the line because of th

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lalalandworld 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

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Y_C_Lee 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

I wonder why such things appear on the site. Hell, it's not even related to kpop. Just because seungri is part owner?

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lalalandworld 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

He owns that club, yes not the only owner. But he promotes this club all the time, to his fans, who are Kpop fans. So you say this isn't related to Kpop? You can't just be ignorant and only want to know the bright side of Kpop. You need to look at everything.He is promoting a club, who clearly treats people that go there really badly.

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kpoplolita 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

Fun fact: assault happens at every club the and the fact that thithis club is owned by seungri does not make a difference and should not have been reported. HOLD THE ACTUAL PERSON ACCOUNTABLE NOT THE FACE OF THE COMPANY. He owns ao many businesses amd he has employees who should do their jobs. He is not going to micromanage them or watch them like a hawk.

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T_Jazz 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Because his name is a brand and is associated, when it all gets reported, boycotted, SUED, it's his brand that will become damaged. And since it's his name, he'll be ruined. "Seungri" is what's drawn everyone's interest to these reports. The clickbait. And victims who want to be heard will use it too.


Therefore, IF THIS IS HAPPENING under his watch, I can think of two choices for him, either come out front, admonish the ill behavior and take credit for removing it -OR- divest and disassociate.


Seungri's a big dog now. He can't get away with the innocent maknae act anymore.

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lalalandworld 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

But these kind of incidents happen because of bad business culture which treacles down from the boss to the employees. You can clearly see in the video that the other bystander staff did nothing and accepted it as if it was normal. Shows that this is a common practice that this business has. Which leads back to the managers and owners. If they taught their staff properly, then this wouldn't even be happening. The party involved in this incident should hold full accountability. And the owners of the club should also to as it is their business which they promote.

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FrankKnowsBest 21 days ago 6
21 days ago

BB should get rid of Seungri. He's always in trouble.

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GD_Amber 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

In what way this is his fault?

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YesungStan 21 days ago 3
21 days ago

Stfu this ain't even his fault

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Blue1 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I agree, he's not even talented and is totally useless in Big Bang. Always causing troubles.

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