After coming under fire with allegations of assault and illegal drug distribution, the club Burning Sun closed its operations on February 17.
An employee from Burning Sun posted on social media that the club would be “ceasing operations starting from the 17th due to internal matters.” It has been reported that Le Meridien Seoul – the hotel where the club is located – sent Burning Sun a lease termination notice and a certification of contents.
The police, who are currently investigating the various allegations against Burning Sun, concluded search and seizure operations on February 14. On February 16, a Chinese woman who has been accused of selling illegal drugs to the club’s VIP customers was called in for questioning. The police have requested an arrest warrant for a current Burning Sun employee who is facing the same charges.
Seungri of the group BIGBANG, who recently stepped down as the executive director of Burning Sun, addressed the controversy during his solo concert on the 16th at the SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Seoul. He said: “I am sorry to those who care about me. I sincerely regret and apologize for the the disappointment and worry I caused.”
Translated by Jennifer Earwood