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Posted by jennywill AKP STAFF 19 days ago

Burning Sun issues official statement on the current sexual assault investigations

'Burning Sun' has issued an official statement on the ongoing sexual assault investigations.

The club, owned in part by Big Bang's Seungri, is being accused of drugging their female clients and dragging them into V.I.P rooms where they are sexually assaulted. The police are also reported to be part of the situation, and it has been further revealed that a man who tried to protect a woman from getting sexually assaulted was beaten by the staff and then the police. Since then, Seungri had denied that he was part of the scheme, but Dispatch has since then revealed disturbing KakaoTalk messages that could show that Seungri had in fact known everything that was going on. Netizens have further pointed out that the managing executive staff of the club were Seungri's close friends.

Burning Sun's statement reads,

We have submitted all of the original copies of the videos to investigators and the media right after the event occured. 

We want to summarize what has happened and what we are doing in response.

First, everything about the assault is true. The person responsible for the assult (Mr. Chang) has been fired for it. We are currently actively cooperating with the police and prosecutor investigals, and will accept the punishment according to law.

Second, the accusations on sexual harrasment and sexual assault, including the usage of the date rape drug GHB, are all rumors. We cannot admit to these, and we are also actively cooperating with investigations for this. We have had sexual assault education for the employees, and it was brought up every time we had a conference. Burning Sun does not stay silent on criminal activities such as drugs, sexually assaulting women, or sexually harrassing women. We also do not encourage the selling of drugs to customers through the club CEO or other staff. If these accusations turn out to be true after police investigations, we will close down Burning Sun.

We have currently sued those spreading false information, and we will continue to take strong legal action for the spread of false information.

Third, these are the ways we will change the current environment.

1. The VIP rooms that are problematic will be completely eliminated. The VIP rooms will be instead be changed to rooms for female customers to use for their convenience.

2. We will minimize the blind spots of CCTVs and install more (increase from 30 to 35).

3. We will completely overhaul the employees that have criminal records or are highly suspicious (such as guards, serving staff, and managing staff).

4. We will open an official Burning Sun KakaoTalk so we can receive complaints and reports from female customers in real-time, and react immediately.


What do you think will happen to Burning Sun?

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mixed_nuts 19 days ago 9
19 days ago

the thing is... they didn't deny the sexual harassment allegations... they just said they can't admit to it...

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ragyavs 19 days ago 3
19 days ago

They did say it's all rumours though, which is basically a denial.

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peladocarlos 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

No, they say that they cannot admit that the allegations of sexual harrasmen, sexual assault and the usage of rape drugs on the club, there's a huge difference. One thing is a denial, other is saying that you 'cannot admit'. If they admit the guilt, this would be prosecuted and punished ASAP, but by saying that the process will take longer, which left them with enough time to use their influences to hide the whole scandal.

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nuramah (Banned) 18 days ago 0
18 days ago

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RationalK 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

+ this is a translation, so you really can't pick it apart because of how it's worded.

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kpoplovermay 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

ikr..

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Winston 19 days ago 2
19 days ago

Frankly in most pubs/clubs, when you have girls in sexy clothes dancing in front of guys, and booze. you can be sure it will happen, what MATTERS is what happens when the girl reports it. apparently the guy who tried to help the girl got mistaken as the offender instead from what i read. which is serious.

The management should have detained the guy first, checked with the girl and CCTV before calling in the cops and hand them over with the evidence.

There are allegations of assault and drugs in the club also which i find to be more worrying.

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chaoticoconut 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

These are all good changes, but it also means that what was described in those chats was totally accurate

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emmamadison24 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

That's what I was getting from it too. So my guess is the Dispatch report was totally correct and they needed to make a statement to address these issues.

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eottoke 19 days ago 5
19 days ago

#damagecontrol

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RyenLux 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

#toolittletoolate

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big_bang_forever 19 days ago 3
19 days ago

Duh, that's what all public statements are

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AngelGizo 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

This damage control not gonna work at all. Not after that beyond disgusting 'group chat conversations' messages! Goverment must shut down the whole club and give the biggest punisments to all the criminals who involved with this horror one way or another! Authorities should make an example out of this burning sun case! Ughhh I can't forget their secret messages.... date rape drugs!!!!!!!! Home run and sh...

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booitsjwu 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

"We cannot admit to these"

"If these accusations turn out to be true after police investigations, we will close down Burning Sun."


They basically are admitting it...

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Jellyjelly07 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

What do you think will happen to Burning Sun?

i hope they'll shut it down for good.

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hexrealm 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

" If these accusations turn out to be true after police investigations, we will close down Burning Sun." lol I don't think you have a choice if you are going to jail.

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kpopjunkee 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Exactly! I hope they just don't walk away free if they did it.

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Y_C_Lee 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Shut down the bloody place already. And this incident will probably be a good lesson for idols. Stay away from investing in nightspots. Cafes, restaurants way better.

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trogdorthe8th 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

They're trying to clean up the mess, but it's too late at this point. That's why the statement has been delayed, and why the wording is so careful. Clearly some of the allegations have to be true (save for the one they admitted) since they cannot readily say that none of the rest are absolutely false. This is just a horrendous mess, and what's worse, Burning Sun likely isn't the first nor will it be the last place to have issues like this. I've friends who've worked and others who still work in South Korea. They've told me about how forceful some club workers can be when they're trying to get prettier women into their clubs. Some of them will straight up come and grab you by the arm to tell you to come in, or try to drag you in that direction- because pretty people brings in wealthier clientele. They won't typically mess with foreigners for obvious reasons. Once when we were visiting one of my friends who is of Asian descent, someone just walked up to us and began trying to drag her into a club where he worked. She immediately started yelling at them in perfectly good english (since she was born and raised in the U.K.) and the man backed up REAL QUICK. We couldn't believe it considering how fast it happened, but she let us know later that it's a problem out there.

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Mkm 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

does changing current environment matter after all this?... even after this issue will they sill have customers tho.....?

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Winston 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

I dont think things like thing happen overnight suddenly. When Seungri opened his club and had Expensive "OPENING DAY" packages, it clearly lured in the Rich and "Those who wanna to have fun", Throw in the Booze and girls. its a receipe for things like that to happen, I am not sure if he knew whats going on, but since he has so much business, ramen, club, and formerly academy and such, he should know that business like that need a very close hand to watch over.


a lot of things can happen in the dark with dim lights, not just drugs, sexual harrasement, Pub fights and such, should be ANTICIPATED and plans should be in place to stop such things from happening.


From what i read, the management deletes CCTV footages, which i think is suspicious.

THe CCTV footages is used to PROTECT the club and serve as evidence in event of a crime or when someone is accused of wrong doing.

There should never be "blind spots" unless its the bathroom/toilet/changing room, of which, HUMAN should be around.

As in security. both male and FEMALE ones.



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cjnvm 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Dispatch has to be anti-YG. They do not fact check and release information given to them by Kim and unhappy ex-employees like they are facts. Eager to hear the real findings of the investigation.

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Archaic_Anjel 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

#DaamageControlBecausePeopleAreMad


With that said, I need to go and grab me some popcorn, drinks, and snacks because this is going to be a long winded affair

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RyenLux 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Way ahead of ya. ;P

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UnicornCuppycake 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

Well at least they're not denying the assault.

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RyenLux 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

How can they? Gotta hand it to Dispatch for releasing so much information so quickly. By the time Burning Sun scrunch up a PR team to handle this, it's already too late.

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Hyungshi 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

shut it down!

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MeryaL 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

No smoke without a fire.

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BubblyFary 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

On a side note.. dispatch keeps impressing me day after day

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Samsosmooth 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

South Korean Government needs to launch investigation squad or task force, to stop any drug and sexual assault by club staff, in EVERY CLUB in SOUTH KOREA, it needs to be investigated and prevented


Whether or not seungri is guilty or innocent OR WHATEVER i have no clue, but lets FOCUS ON THE MAJOR ISSUE, people being drugged by staff in South Korea Clubbing Scene, IS ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS and heinous crime, it absolutely needs to stop in ALL CLUBS, how can they have gotten away with this, this needs to STOP in the WHOLE south korean CLUBBING SCENE

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synthwarrior 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

"2. We will minimize the blind spots of CCTVs and install more (increase from 30 to 35)."

We will turn the cameras facing a wall and direct them to another wall. We will install 5 more cameras to face other walls. Whether we turn on those new cameras, will depend on the phase of the moon or outside temperature. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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little_giant 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Dont let this disturb you from the fact that this was the most boring superbowl of all time

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pink_oracle 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

"The VIP rooms that are problematic will be completely eliminated. The VIP rooms will be instead be changed to rooms for female customers to use for their convenience." LOL, so basically they're still private rooms where you want to put females? Same thing, less problematic description.

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kadoptee 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

that kakaotalk group chat is insane ! imagine i go there and see a nice girl then i exchange some words with her all of sudden they send guards to beat me up and escort her to their vip room against her will !!!

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Sanhatizer 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

this is just a fat mess

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phili721 19 days ago 0
19 days ago
well.. its a club. these things should not be out of the ordinary unfortunately
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hiroonakamura 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

what about the group chat messages that Dispatch uncovered though?

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Kunii 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

is Female Client like girls that work there? or like drugging other female customers or something?

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changminbaby 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

"The person responsible for the assult (Mr. Chang) has been fired for it. " but i dont think it was one person

"burning Sun does not stay silent on criminal activities such as drugs, sexually assaulting women, or sexually harrassing women. " oh really?? are they trying to make me believe that chang still will get fired if people didnt blow this up? nah only now they fired him to reduce the damage its not like they cared before

now they are just trying to convince people because no one believe them

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Xibi_Kyu_Mm 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Just close that place and arrest the rapist, compile and never reopen that place of perdition ever.

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KimcheeRamen 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

the excuses by parties involved is ridiculous. so what do people think happens at these korean gangnam clubs? idols and all korean men use these clubs and associated escort service when they need to get a release so to speak. were talking about 20 year old dudes here. do idol fans really think their pure idols just stay home and play playstation games for years? agencies funnel their idols to see escorts to these establishments all the time. if you goto the clubs men and women are looking for one night stands or escorts looking for a sugar daddy. and the owners of the club are fully aware since thats how they make money. for sure its not by club cover fee. so for club owners to act like they are in total shock is the biggest and dumbest attempt in history of dumbness. and all the things they say they will implement. whos going to check whether its enforced? and if its enforced they will close down cause no one will go there when theres other clubs.

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Nanaxxxx 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

... So strange that they responded this way after trying to blame the victim of the assault after everything came out.


At least they are not trying to interfere with the police investigation. Those would all be good changes to make, so I am curious how the situation plays out.

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noble654321 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

they say everything about the assault is true and Mr. Chang was fired does that mean the victim gave a wrong statement concerning mr k in saying that he is fooling the nation ???

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enzoa 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

How naive of you not to have felt that the "fooling the nation" statement was a bit overly dramatic...

I can't really blame her if she took some money, though. She had basically everything to lose in a trial against this kind of people.

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kpoplovermay 19 days ago 2
19 days ago

ok wait im confused.... i thought the woman who claimed to of been assaulted came out the other day and changed her story.. now burning sun is saying that the assault for sure DID happen...so confusing.. .....whyd she backtrack what she said in her last interview to saying it didnt happen..... i hope shes not being forced to cover up what happened.. :/ my heart goes out to her, first she suffers assault now is being put out there as a hot topic to the public, and bombared by media too .. omg.. i hope shes surrounded by people who love and support her

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GramStan 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

Not the woman. They're admitting to beating up Mr Kim. Assault doesn't always mean sexual assault.

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kpoplovermay 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

oh ? i didnt think of that , maybe thats what they meant.. or after thinking on it, they could of meant the way the guy dragged her out as assault.. idk its all hard to piece together, they should of worded it better cause its so vague .. or maybe its just the translation.. in any case this thing is such a horrible and sad mess.. :(

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zadeepzone 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

so in summary :

All the dispatch reporting correct.let see big bang fans try to spin this one .I said it once and will repeat it .he is done (finished)

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N00R4 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Why is this Seungris fault? Even if he'd been the sole owner of BS it doesn't mean he knows 100% of everything going on. Don't open your bubbly just yet.

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DG522 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Is this supposed to be the CEO's statement? Because if it is, you left almost half of it out. Maybe you could post the whole thing and let people make their own conclusion, instead of feeding it to them.

I'm not defending anyone, just saying there is a lot more said in it, than this.

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Brown_Cream 19 days ago 4
19 days ago

All I know at this point is that there's a bunch of heterophobes oppressing cisgendered individuals. It's 2019 and there's a lot of backward thinking so no..., just no

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PainterLeigh 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

wait what does this have to do with heterophobia?

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srideout91 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

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pablo27 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

I believe you... I really, really believe that's all you know and not much else.

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