Former K-Pop Star Sentenced to Prison Over Prostitution and Gambling Charges

A South Korean military court in Yongin, near Seoul, has sentenced disgraced K-pop star Seungri on Thursday to three years in prison for crimes, including organizing prostitution and habitual gambling.

The military court found 30-year-old Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, guilty on all nine counts against him, including arranging sexual services for rich businessmen at the Burning Sun nightclub he owned in Seoul,  embezzling funds from the nightclub, and overseas gambling.

The South Korean Defense Ministry said Seungri was also fined 1.15 billion won ($989,000).

The Burning Sun scandal involves a number of women who came forward to allege they were drugged at nightclubs and offered to wealthy businessmen to be raped.

Officials have arrested more than 350 people in the operation, including Seungri who held a position as part-owner and public relationships liaison of the club in Gangnam.

Seungri denied most of the charges during the hearings, claiming that his business partner was responsible for the prostitution and that he did not visit the U.S. for gambling.

The army court has taken Seungri into custody after the ruling.

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