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Overseas travel ban slapped on former YG chief

Former YG Entertainment head Yang Hyun-suk, left, and disgraced ex-BIGBANG member Seungri / Courtesy of YG Entertainment

By Lee Suh-yoon

An overseas travel ban has been imposed on former YG Entertainment head Yang Hyun-suk amid the ongoing investigations into his alleged overseas gambling.

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Tuesday, its intellectual crime investigation division recently requested for the Ministry of Justice to place the ban on Yang, and the ministry issued it.

The travel ban was also slapped on Seungri, the fallen K-pop idol who was a member of BIGBANG ― one of YG's most successful K-pop idol groups ― for the same gambling allegation. He had already been banned from leaving the country since March for separate allegations including pimping and possible "drug rape" services at his Burning Sun nightclub.

Last Saturday, police raided YG Entertainment's building to secure evidence that could trace the origin of over a million dollars Yang allegedly put on the betting table at casinos in Las Vegas and Macau. Whether he dipped into company money to fund his illegal pastime will be a key question in the ongoing investigation.

Yang, who resigned from YG Entertainment in June, is also undergoing a separate investigation for allegedly arranging illegal prostitution services for foreign business clients.

Police plan to summon Yang and Seungri for questioning soon after finishing analyzing materials seized from the raid.


Former YG Entertainment head Yang Hyun-suk, left, and disgraced ex-BIGBANG member Seungri / Courtesy of YG Entertainment

By Lee Suh-yoon

An overseas travel ban has been imposed on former YG Entertainment head Yang Hyun-suk amid the ongoing investigations into his alleged overseas gambling.

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Tuesday, its intellectual crime investigation division recently requested for the Ministry of Justice to place the ban on Yang, and the ministry issued it.

The travel ban was also slapped on Seungri, the fallen K-pop idol who was a member of BIGBANG ― one of YG's most successful K-pop idol groups ― for the same gambling allegation. He had already been banned from leaving the country since March for separate allegations including pimping and possible "drug rape" services at his Burning Sun nightclub.

Last Saturday, police raided YG Entertainment's building to secure evidence that could trace the origin of over a million dollars Yang allegedly put on the betting table at casinos in Las Vegas and Macau. Whether he dipped into company money to fund his illegal pastime will be a key question in the ongoing investigation.

Yang, who resigned from YG Entertainment in June, is also undergoing a separate investigation for allegedly arranging illegal prostitution services for foreign business clients.

Police plan to summon Yang and Seungri for questioning soon after finishing analyzing materials seized from the raid.


Lee Suh-yoon sylee@koreatimes.co.kr


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