KPOP NOW – Yang Hyun Suk denies conspiring with Seungri to illegally exchange money or prostitution + update on B.I’s case


ArticleYang Hyun-suk sentenced to 15 million won fine

Source: Sports Seoul

At 10 a.m. on the 27th, the Seoul Western District Court held a sentencing hearing on the gambling charges of four people Kim, Lee, Geum and former YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk

Judge Park Soo-hyun fined Yang Hyun Suk, Kim (co-representative of YGX) and Lee a fine of 15 million won and Geum received 10 million won fine.

Yang Hyun Suk denied conspiring with Seungri, former Big Bang member to exchange money and prostitution. In his final statement, he said, “I’m sorry to trouble you with my carelessness. We’re seriously reflecting on ourselves and we will never repeat the same mistake again,” he stated, appealing for leniency. 

In addition to the gambling charges, Yang Hyun Suk was investigated for arranging sexual services for foreign investors but was cleared of charges for “insufficient evidence.” 

Regarding allegations that he illegally raised gambling funds through an unregistered foreign “exchange” method (“hwanchigi”), the prosecution did not indict him. 

In addition, Yang Hyun Suk is accused of aiding and abetting a crime by threatening a whistleblower (Han Seo Hee) who brought forward allegations that iKON member B.I allegedly purchased drugs. Regarding this case, the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office has recently taken over the case from the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office and is currently conducting investigations.

In the meantime, Yang Hyun Suk ignored all reporter questions as he left his vehicle.



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KPOP NOW – Korea mocked by overseas media for lenient sentences on sex crimes


ArticleForeign media criticize South Korea for being “lenient on sex crimes” after 40 year prison sentence for Cho Joo Bin

Source: Yonhap News TV

Major foreign media outlets are showing keen interest in Korea after Cho Joo Bin’s ruling.

Cho Joo Bin, the operator of “Nth Room” and “Baksa Room” accused of producing and distributing videos where he sexually exploited minors was sentenced to 40 years in prison in the first trial. 

Afterwards, CNN criticized Korea for their “misogyny problem” in Korean society as the main cause of the Nth Room cases stating, “in 2018, tens of thousands of women rushed to the streets to denounce illegal filming in motels and public restrooms.”

The Washington Post also mocked Korea for their digital sex crime standards calling them “weak” and called out their laws for “often lightly punishing sex offenders.”

BBC also stated, “40 years in prison is a light punishment. The anger won’t end here.”

  1. [+275, -2] They gave him 40 years when he would’ve received a 400 year sentence abroad
  2. [+153, -1] We’re an international embarrassment. The judiciary need to wake up!!
  3. [+118, -6] This is a country where “criminals” cowardly commit suicide from sexual harassment and we still hold joint funeral services in front of our city hall with banners that say “We will remember” scattered all over the place…
  4. [+50, -2] Execute him!…he’s too evil to experience any pain even if he’s left to bleed to death!
  5. [+32, -1] The level of our judges ㅉㅉ
  6. [+15, -0] It would be nice if foreign media were less sarcastic when criticizing our country. Even if us citizens speak out, they close their ears and cover their eyes…so embarrassing.
  7. [+12, -0] Let’s jail our judges for 40 years
  8. [+11, -0] Our judges are only good at studying to pass the bar…let’s introduce AI judges to replace these thug ba$tards 
  9. [+10, -1] It’s not just sex crimes…? Our laws on youth, drunk driving, drugs…everything is too lenient except for murder.
  10. [+6, -0] Korea is too lenient on all crimes. This is a country that cares more about the rights of criminals than its people. It’s a criminal’s den. 



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KPOP NOW – [BREAKING] Yang Hyun Suk’s gambling charge resolved with a 15 million won fine


Article: Yang Hyun Suk’s 1st trial results in 15 million won fine… higher sentence than prosecution’s

Source: JTBC

Yang Hyun Suk has been charged with 15 million won fine for habitual gambling.

On the 27th, the former YG Entertainment CEO attended his first trial at the Seoul Western District Law for gambling over 400 million won in casinos in the U.S from 2015-2019. 

The judge overturned his summary judgement ruling sought by the prosecution and determined that Yang Hyun Suk was a “habitual gambler” and thus a danger to society. The judge stated, “his gambling can have a negative impact on the general public and youth.”

As a result, the judiciary overturned his prior summary judgement to a formal trial stating that the summary judgement alone was inappropriate. The court also asked for a review of the complaint stating “that there was a lot of evidence and that it was necessary to check whether it was routine.” The prosecution did not correct the complaint and sought a fine of 10 million won. 

During trial, the court fined Yang Hyun Suk 15 million won (~$14,000) fine instead, a higher sentence that 10 million won (~$9,000) fine sought by the prosecution. 

  1. [+339, -23] Why just a fine? Is there a Blue House line they’ll cross if they hit him with a jail sentence??!
  2. [+299, -2] He’s someone that gambled over 400 million won.. a 15 million won fine is not money to himㅋㅋ
  3. [+181, -6] We need serious reform of our prosecution..
  4. [+107, -1] This is just the cost of one shot of liquor for both sides..
  5. [+83, -3] Whether 10 million won or 15 million…how is any of it a fine?
  6. [+11, -0] The prosecution didn’t even listen to the court..?
  7. [+5, -0] If his overseas expedition was an impulsive one-time thing and he gambled 400 million won, how would a fine of 15 million won mean anything to Yang Hyun Suk??
  8. [+4, -1] That’s the price of gum for someone like himㅋㅋ



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KPOP NOW – Will Big Bang and G Dragon’s comebacks revive YG’s glory days?


Article: G Dragon’s preparing for comeback…will YG rebuild their glory days with a one-two punch?

Source: Sports World

Music industry officials are paying attention to G Dragon‘s return to the industry.

After recent news that GD is reportedly in the studio making music, the music industry has begun to pay attention. Whether solo, unit, or group comeback, the release date of the album is expected to be early next year as soon as possible. As expected, if the album is released in the middle of next year, Big Bang’s hiatus from the music industry will be 3 years since their single release of “Flower Road” in 2018 and 4 years since G Dragon’s solo album “Kwon Ji Young” in 2017. 

Whether solo or a unit, his comeback is expected to cause a strong ripple in the industry. No matter how popular idols are, if they’re gone for a long time and release a solo album, their popularity decreases. But this is not the case for G Dragon because Big Bang is the group that opened the door to Kpop. 

The industry is also paying to Big Bang’s group activities. Excluding Seungri, the other four members TOP, G DragonDaesung and Taeyang all renewed their contracts with YG. 

Now that YG has overcome the “Burning Sun” controversy, it appears they’re preparing to make a strong return to the industry. In particular, BLACKPINK became a force this year after gaining global popularity. 

Now that Big Bang members are expected to make a return to the industry, many are predicting that YG will rebuild their glory days with a one-two punch. 



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KPOP NOW – [T/W] Man that stabbed an innocent woman at mall parking lot revealed to have committed suicide


Article: Woman stabbed in a shopping mall parking lot… the suspect found dead

Source: YTN

A man has been found dead after trying to stab an innocent woman at a mall parking lot. 

According to police, at around 8:30pm on the 23rd, a woman B in her 20s was stabbed by a man A in his 40s at a large shopping mall parking lot in Incheon, Gyeonggi-do. 

During investigation, it was revealed that the victim B worked at the shopping mall. She had opened the rear seat door of her car while preparing to head home and was stabbed by A who ran away afterwards. The security officer that saw the stabbing reported it to police. 

The next day, police discovered A hiding at a hill in Incheon where it was revealed he had made an extreme choice (committed suicide). 

Police official stated, “the suspect killed himself but we plan to investigate further details of the crime.”

  1. [+853, -9] It’s getting harder and harder to live in this sell out of a country because of our zombie judiciary 
  2. [+305, -7] I’m scared of the world these days so I lock the door as soon as I get in the car. 
  3. [+242, -77] I feel like our country is gradually falling apart…
  4. [+102, -7] Why are there so many cases like this lately??
  5. [+79, -3] Huh?~ I’m scared to live in this country..
  6. [+54, -7] The gender ratio of victims vs perpetrators is always the same…it’s getting increasingly scary to live as a woman in this world.
  7. [+41, -1] But the victim didn’t die…?
  8. [+14, -1] You did well committing suicide on your own…I hope you live well in hell~
  9. [+12, -2] Why are victims always powerless women…? I’m a guy too but I’m so upset and angry after seeing this article.
  10. [+6, -0] Are we sure he wasn’t a hitman?



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KPOP NOW – Victim A reveals Chanel Korea executive molested at least 12 female employees for over 10 years


Article: Chanel Korea’s female employees held their breath and suffered 10 years of sexual harassment

Source: Asia Economy

Victim A is alleging that a high ranking Chanel Korea executive molested 12 employees.

On the 25, A, who worked for Chanel Korea for about 10 years, made an appearance on CBS radio ‘Kim Hyun Jung’s News Show‘ and revealed that “she was repeatedly molested for 10 years.”

According to A, many female employees at the company have suffered damages from executive B. A revealed, “There are more than 12 victims. B often would give me hugs. These are not just regular hugs, he would hug my chest completely and tightly and say things like “I couldn’t resist it”. At times he would tell me to touch it..you know my chest.. He would touch the inside of my arms and chest a lot. It was uncomfortable. Some of the employees said they saw him touch someone’s bra straps and their chest too and told her “your name tag was crooked.”

When the host asked “why she endured that for years, was B’s power in the company so strong that they had to endure something like that?” A replied, “He’s still doing it even now. He took charge of the department store’s sales across the country including personnel duties and wields unprecedented power. Any employee that reports him will get in trouble and get transferred to an unwanted department.”

A revealed, “In this company, you have to hold your breath and endure. The moment you say something, all of a sudden you become a misfit that “cannot adapt to the company.” Because that person has become branded, they get transferred to some strange store afterwards. Anyone that opposes management is accused of being a bully. There are people that watch our every move in the company through CCTV. We report to B on an hour-to-hour basis on what we ate, what we did and what mistakes we made.”

When asked why she hasn’t reported the matter to police, A stated, “I need to keep working here. If I report it, I get branded as a bad person. I’m so afraid that I stayed on. Nothing has changed even now.”

In the meantime, an official from Chanel Korea’s side stated on the 25th, “We have made adjustments so that the person reported has no contact with store staff immediately after we received the report. We will conduct a thorough internal investigation and take appropriate measures.”

  1. [+1,055, -7] Reveal who it is so that he can be judged in front of society and the law!!
  2. [+606, -5] Classic textbook example where the victim is bullied for years, the assailant gets more aggressive and the company denies everything saying they don’t know. I can’t believe this is a world-class company. What’s more weird is why these companies never go bankrupt..
  3. [+503, -23] Why is no one here saying people need to boycott Chanel..
  4. [+86, -10] Why is he not in court and why have you not released his personal information!?
  5. [+71, -2] Investigate this Chanel executive!!!!!
  6. [+34, -0] He committed a crime and yet its the company that’s investigating and not the police?? ㅋㅋ I’m sure they’ll investigate it wellㅋ
  7. [+25, -1] The brand is luxury but the executives are trash ㅋ
  8. [+22, 0] Shinsegae International Managing Director Yoo*Seok regularly molested female employees at drinking parties too even though he raised a daughter on his own. I hope someone reports him so that he can pay the price..
  9. [+18, -0] Shouldn’t she be sending an email to Chanel headquarters and not Chanel Korea??!
  10. [+6, -0] Chanel Korea..daebak! Looks like they only care about managing their image and not their staff.



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KPOP NOW – Two famous idols and actors found to be involved in an illegal “avatar” gambling ring overseas


Article: Idol and actor “avatar” gambling shock…total stake of about 800 billion won

Source: Sports DongA

Police have arrested two famous idol group members for illegal “avatar” gambling.

According to an exclusive report by MBC’s ‘News Desk’ on the 25th, two famous idol group members, popular in Japan, were investigated by police in September for gambling tens of thousands of won.

During investigation, it was revealed that one of them gambled online in Korea using so called “avatar” method where a local casino in the Philippines airs footage of the gambling venue in a live broadcast and participants in Korea designate someone at the casino as their “avatar” who they instruct to place bets on their behalf. Since there’s no need to pay airfare to travel abroad, thousands of people have flocked to this “remote gambling” method. 

In addition to the idol group members, police discovered that famous actors and gangsters were also found to be listed on the online gambling list. Amounts gambled totaled over 800 billion won. 

Police have reportedly forwarded over 100 people including the two idol group members to prosecution for illegally gambling overseas and plan to conduct further investigations to reveal the other celebrities. 

1. [+519, -4] Whenever these scandal articles say “famous” idols they’re usually not famous

2. [+498, -7] Why not just say publicly reveal their names…it’s Supernova’s Yoonhak and Sungjae

3. [+256, -6] Reveal their names and kick them out of the entertainment industry…

4 .[+112, -6] Huh?? What is this? Didn’t this come out a few months ago already ㅋㅋ

5. [ +47, -2] Supernova

6. [+32, -0] Please stop adding “famous idol” tag to a nugu group like Supernova

7. [+17, -0] How are they famous ㅋㅋ. They’re nugus in Korea

8. [+9, -1] ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Supernova… wow~~~ are they considered a popular group!? ㅋㅋㅋ ~Xxxxxxx ㅎㅎㅎㅎ to the new generation of idols they’re basically nugus..

Additional Source: MBC



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KPOP NOW – Big Bang TOP’s Instagram story becomes a hot topic online


Article: “Ah, TOP’s Instagram story is f***ing hilariousㄱㅇㄱ다” 

Source: Pann

  1. [+990, -4] For the first time I feel sorry for Swings f***ㅅㅂㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  2. [+981, -6] It’s been over 8 years since becoming VIP but he’s been this weird since debut
  3. [+956, -3] ㅋㅋㅋㅋ I wouldn’t blame Swings if he decides to make a diss track from this. 
  4. [+507, -9] Other idols seem to have a concept but T.O.P’s is being crazy (this is not an insult its just funny) ㅋㅋㅁ
  5. [+482, -1] Swings can only laugh at this because even he’s in shockㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅅㅂ
  6. [+467, -22] I’ve always wondered why he did drugs? Was it an impulse or planned? I feel like for him it would’ve been a natural occurrence. 
  7. [+385, -12] Ah..did he mistake him for Daesung??
  8. [+176. -124] Is this funny? How is it funny for someone to post a photo of you on their IG with doodling like that??
  9. [+131, -2] He’s crazy no??! That’s f***ing hilarious ㅅㅂㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  10. [+75, -0] Swings revenge ᄃᄃ



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KPOP NOW – Park Han Byul re-summoned after Seungri’s friend reveals in court that her husband “had sex with a prostitute with door wide open”


Article: Park Han-byul and Yoo In-seok re-summoned after witness statement that “he had sex with prostitute with doors open”

Source: STAR News

Actress Park Han-byul and her husband Yoo In-Seok have been re-summoned by prosecutors. 

On the 19th, Burning Sun MD Kim attended Seungri’s third trial in military court and revealed that “he helped introduce women and drove them according Yoo In Seok’s instructions, not Seungri.” 

MD Kim then revealed that Seungri and Yoo In Seok met with two women in 2015 and stated, “What I know for sure is I saw Yoo In Seok having sex with a woman with the door open. Yoo In-Seok was in a relationship at the time. Did I have to watch something like that? It was not good to see.”

After Kim’s statements came out, the public sympathized with Park Han-byul as she had supported him and apologized for the suspicions related to her husband when Burning Sun allegations first came out. In particular, because she had vouched for her husband in court, each time new testimony related to her husband comes out, she’s also re-summoned and is suffering damage. 

Park Han Byul and Yoo married in 2017 and she gave birth to their son in April 2018. Park Hanbyul is currently living in Jeju Island with her family. 



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KPOP NOW – Jung Joon Young and Yoo in Seok fail to show up in court for Seungri


Article: Jung Joon-young and Yoo In-seok admit to arranging prostitution…Seungri denies all charges

Source: Hankyung

Seungri‘s friends Jung Joon Young and Yoo In-Seok have pulled a no-show in court. 

The two were chosen as witnesses for Seungri’s trial on the 20th but they failed to show up submitting their “reasons for absence.”

Burning Sun MD Kim, Seungri’s close friend, is the only witness that attended his trial as a witness. MD Kim told the court, “Seungri and I became close friends in college. While he ran his ramen chain I was working at the club as an MD and ran a cart bar with Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong-hun.”

MD Kim also reversed course and admitted that he was instructed to arrange for prostitutes by former Yuri Holdings CEO, Yoo In-Seok, revealing that “Yoo had sex with the prostitutes and he just was asked to drive the women to their destination.”

Regarding allegations of Seungri participating on their Katalk chat where nude photos of women were shared, MD Kim stated, “Seungri was not quick to reply to the conversations in our katalk group chat due to his frequent overseas performances. As a celebrity, he was aware of people’s words and actions. He liked to throw big parties like ‘The Great Gatsby’ but I’ve never seen him talk about sexual desires.”

When Seungri was asked in court about allegations of habitual gambling and arranging prostitution, he stated, “I do not remember. I did not participate in arranging prostitution for Yoo In Seok.”

  1. [+3,444 -17] If he can’t remember then he deserves even worse punishment!
  2. [+1,658, -790] What an ugly, dirty, trash ba$tard. And his hometown is Jeolla-do…no wonder. 
  3. [+657, -9] There’s a witness and he doesn’t remember??! How bad was the crime??ㅋㅋ
  4. [+678, -209] Seeing Seungri reminds me how bad our country really is. Those two are basically two peas in a pod.
  5. [+248, -1] It’s a sad reality when the police, prosecutors and judges have all tried but no one can punish him. How many people have been beaten down trying to arrest one person only to fail. 
  6. [+101, -1] He seriously deserves the worst punishment you can give.
  7. [+41, -0] If there really is a God, please sentence him with sudden death. 
  8. [+38, -1] If he really can’t remember then he needs to stay in the army and never get discharged until he can. 
  9. [+24, -0] I know there are worse criminals in the world but Seungri is seriously the worst!
  10. [+18, -1] Now I realize why GD couldn’t stand him either. 
  11. [+14, -0] Who the hell is behind YG that they’ve covered up all of their drugs and sex crimes??!
  12. [+13, -0] If Seungri cuts the tail this time, it 100% means he’s got connections.



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