December 9th SeungriThe fourth hearing on his eight charges was held at the Ground Operations Command General Military Tribunal in Yongin.
Seungri has been charged on eight counts including buying prostitution services, mediating prostitution, embezzlement, violating the Increased Punishment Act, etc. for specific economic crimes (an additional charge for embezzling an amount in excess of a certain number), breaking the law on food hygiene, habitual gambling, violation of the Law on Foreign Exchange Transactions, and violation of the Law on Special Cases Related to the Punishment, etc. of Sex Crimes.
Previously, Seungri’s friend and former Burning Sun executive (promoter), Mr. Kim, gave a testimony at the third hearing denying Seungri’s charges of prostitution as mediation.
The witnesses who appeared at the December 9 hearing were Seungri, Jung Joon Young, former CEO of Yuri Holdings, Yoo In Suk, Choi Jong Hoonand Mr. Park, who has been friends with Seungri since 2010 and was one of the members of the problematic chat room.
When asked about Seungri’s charges of prostitution meditation, Mr. Park said the instruction to send prostitutes to Japanese businessman “A” and his company came from Yoo In Suk, not Seungri. He added that he had never spoken to Seungri about prostitutes before.
In addition, Mr. Park said that in December 2015, Seungri only asked him to bring flowers and gifts to the hotel room where “A” is located. He believed this was an act of gratitude for the favor Seungri received from “A” recently.
Regarding the previous police investigation into which he alleged the order was given by both Seungri and Yoo In Suk, Mr. Park stated, “The prosecution asked a question where they were confident that Seungri and Yoo In Suk did this together, which is why I replied, “It is possible.”
Seungri also asked for the opportunity to ask his friend questions himself. He began by saying, “We’ve been friends for almost ten years. So it’s embarrassing to meet in a place like this. Your dream is to be an actor. As someone in the entertainment business, I’ve helped you with that. Your parents loved me too. “
Then he recalled what had happened after the disclosure of Burning Sun and the chat room and pointed out that he was under significant pressure during the police investigation.
Seungri said, “I have participated in more than 40 researches in the past year and answered“ right ”or“ I think so, ”but besides my“ yes ”and“ no ”answers, there were many other details emphatically in the reports asked to revise it because it was my job. However, why didn’t you request changes when police filed reports contradicting your statements? “
Mr. Park replied, “I’m sorry for you, but the psychological pressure on the other charges was so overwhelming that I was unable to go into your case in detail.”
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