The Seoul Police Department is still waiting for an original copy of the text messages tied to allegations surrounding BIGBANG’s Seungri.
On February 26, SBS funE released an exclusive report with alleged text messages from December 2015 that are said to have been shared between Seungri, CEO Yoo of Yuri Holdings, and an employee. According to the report, the text messages suggested that Seungri was involved in procuring sexual escort services for foreign business investors. Within the same day, the Seoul Police Department announced that they had launched an investigation into the claims.
YG Entertainment and Yuri Holdings have both released official statements denying the allegations. In their statement, Yuri Holdings claimed that a person had fabricated the text messages and submitted them to reporters to defame both Seungri and Yuri Holdings. Seungri expressed his wishes to fully cooperate with the police investigation and on February 27, underwent over eight hours of questioning.
On March 1, reports emerged that the police had yet to receive an original copy of the alleged text messages from the SBS funE reporter who published the exclusive article. A source from the Seoul Police Department’s Special Crimes Squad confirmed the news and explained, “We requested the KakaoTalk messages from the reporter who was first to report on the sexual escort services claims involving Seungri. However, we have not received them yet.”
The original copy of the text messages are needed to confirm their validity, especially as both YG Entertainment and Yuri Holdings maintain their stances that the messages were fabricated.