With wholesome looks and increasingly global fanbases, K-pop has sold its stars as the ultimate squeaky clean pin-ups. But a burgeoning sex scandal in the industry shows how pervasive discrimination and abuse are in South Korean society, activists say. Jung, 30, admitted filming himself having sex and sharing the footage without his partners' consent, while Seungri -- real name Lee Seung-hyun -- is embroiled in a sex-for-investment criminal investigation. Both were members of the same chatroom where Jung and others shared illicit content of at least 10 women, according to broadcaster SBS.
Sex scandal sweeps through South Korean music industry
Clean-cut K-pop embroiled in S. Korean sex scandal - France 24
SEOUL, South Korea -- Several famous South Korean musicians were swept up in a sex scandal this week, prompting a few retirement announcements and shocking the country. Singer and television celebrity Jung Joon-young admitted on Wednesday to secretly filming and sharing sex videos with a chat group on a social media app. Jung Joon-young apologized to his victims and his fans in a public statement on Wednesday. In those conversations, he allegedly detailed his own drink driving incident from which was not previously known to the public. Yong Jun-hyung, a k-pop star from the boy band Highlight, was also swept up in the scandal. Jung was accused in of allegedly filming his ex-girlfriend during sex without her permission, according to the IBT Times. Those charges were eventually dropped.
Clean-cut K-pop embroiled in S. Korean sex scandal
Spycam videos, which involve men secretly filming women and sharing content, are growing epidemic in South Korea. A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage. Jung Joon-young, 30, announced his immediate retirement from show business amid allegations he shot and shared sexual imagery without his partners' consent.
The Burning Sun scandal , also known as Burning Sun gate ,   is a entertainment and sex scandal in Seoul, South Korea, which involved several celebrities, including Korean idols of popular K-pop groups, and police officials. It was the largest scandal to hit the K-pop industry. The allegations of sex crimes involved added to the country's "epidemic" of what is called molka , a Korean word for the online distribution of unconsented sex videos taken of women, and the scandal became fodder for political parties, who argued over how to handle it.