A sex scandal within the K-Pop industry is deepening after the singer Jung Joon-young has announced his retirement in the wake of confessing to sharing secretly filmed sex videos.
Earlier this week Seungri, a member of K-pop boy band Big Bang, also announced that he’d be retiring music following charges of supplying prostitutes. Seungri was allegedly a member of a chatroom in which Joon-young shared sex videos without the consent of the women involved. It is reported that three male artists were in the chatroom, and that sexual videos of at least 10 women were shared.
“I admit to all my crimes,” said the 30-year-old Jung in a statement. “I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a chatroom, and while I was doing so I didn’t feel a great sense of guilt.”
“Most of all, I kneel down to apologise to the women who appear in the videos and all those who might be disappointed and upset at this shocking incident.”
As for the women in the videos, JYP Entertainment have denied rumours that a member of their group TWICE was among the victims.
Secretly filmed sexual content is known as Molka in South Korea, and is said to have become dangerously popular online in recent years.
“This case just shows that male K-pop stars are no exception when it comes to being part of this very disturbing reality that exploits women,” women’s rights activist Bae Bok-ju told The Guardian.
Jung, who rose to fame as a runner-up in a TV talent show, has been charged with illegal filming and leaking visual material. He was previously charged in 2016 with filming a partner during sex without her consent, however the case was dropped when allegations were withdrew.