YG Entertainment is under suspicion of giving out a bribe to reporter Kim Yong-ho.
In February last year, media reported that YG had bribed a "reporter Kim" 100 million won ($83,000) to silence reports regarding Seungri's drunk driving and drug abuse in 2017. At the time, YG Entertainment denied the allegations calling them "groundless." However, SBS was able to obtain detailed testimonies from four officials close to reporter Kim that YG did indeed bribe him to stop reporting on the former Big Bang member.
A close aide to Kim 'A' revealed to SBS reporters, "Kim received two bread bags with 100 million won in cash at a playground. He said, "Maybe because it's in 50,000 won bills but it's not as much as I thought... He even bragged about how he was going to split it halfway with his wife when he got home."
Another close aide, 'B' also revealed, "Kim said he'd use the 100 million won to pay back the loan on his Jeon-se house he took out when he moved to Mokdong. I heard Kim rejected the first offer of 10 million won but accepted the second offer after YG upped it to 100 million won. I remember Kim saying, "YG has a lot of money, of course, he should raise the amount." He added, "I heard that Yang Hyun Suk wanted to fight on the amount until the end but Yang Min Suk stepped in and helped with negotiations."
Another entertainment official 'C' recalled that Kim personally showed off the agreement he had with YG Entertainment. C revealed, "Kim boasted that YG had reached out to him first to give him the 100 million won even though he hadn't asked for it. He took out his cell phone and showed us the agreement he had signed with YG. The amount on the agreement wasn't exactly 100 million, it was more like 90-something million."
A fourth acquaintance 'D' revealed, "When Kim talked about how he got the 100 million, he didn't say he got it directly from YG but rather Chairman Won." Chairman Won is said to be a big name in the stock trading industry and is very close to Yang Hyun Suk.
In the meantime, reporter Kim Yong-ho is well-known for his 'Garo Sero' YouTube channel that he runs with lawyer Kang Yong Suk. While Kim Yong Ho has threatened many times that he will take legal action against the outlet, he has yet to file a complaint for over 13 months.
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SBS obtains testimony that YG bribed a reporter 100 million won ($83,000) in cash to silence reports about Seungri
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