New reports have been released regarding the text messages tied to various allegations surrounding BIG BANG’s Seungri.
On March 4, a source from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency initially stated, “We have yet to secure an original copy of the [KakaoTalk] messages. We are contacting people [who are tied to the messages] in order to confirm [the existence of the original copy].” The police continued, “Not only have we not confirmed its existence, but we also received a testimony that such messages do not exist.”
In contrast to the statement from the police, SBS funE exclusively reported that the original copy of the text messages has been secured by the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission.
According to the report, the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission confirmed that on February 22, a whistleblower submitted text messages that contain the evidence of Seungri lobbying to foreign investors by ordering sexual escort services. SBS funE reported that these messages were exchanged between Seungri, CEO Yoo of Yuri Holdings, and various celebrities.
SBS funE also interviewed a person who is responsible for reporting the messages to the organization. The source revealed, “The KakaoTalk messages suggested that there was a deep connection with the police, so I reported it to the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission instead.”
In response, the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission stated that they will inspect the materials internally before transferring them to the police or the prosecution for further investigation. The commission will also consider directly handing over the materials to the prosecution if the connection to the police is found to be deeper than expected.
The report further revealed that the Seoul Police Department became aware of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission’s procurement of the original copy of text messages on March 1, and the police formally requested for the organization to cooperate with them regarding the documents on March 4.
The police shared in a new following statement that the messages will be forwarded to the police depending on internal discussion within the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission. According to the police, the whistleblower submitted the documents to the commission’s office in Seoul, and they are now being transferred to a different office in Sejong. The police commented, “We visited the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission’s office in Seoul and were told that the materials are currently in the mail [to the Sejong office].”