K-pop star Jung Joon-young was arrested Thursday over allegations that he illegally shared sexually explicit videos of women filmed without their knowledge or consent, South Korean police said.

The Seoul Central District Court issued an arrest warrant for Jung hours after he appeared at a hearing and apologized to the victims and to “everyone who has showed affection for me.” He was then escorted in handcuffs to a police station in downtown Seoul, where he remains in custody.

Jung, 30, was first questioned by police last week about allegations that he secretly filmed his sexual encounters and shared them in private group chats with his friends. He is accused of taping 10 or more encounters against the alleged victims’ knowledge.


He delivered a statement to the press outside the court, admitting responsibility for the charges. “I am truly sorry. I admit to all charges against me. I will not challenge the charges brought by the investigative agency, and I will humbly accept the court’s decision,” he said. “I bow my head in apology to the women who were victimized by my actions.”


Other alleged members of the group chat include Big Bang star Seungri and rock band F.T. Island member Choi Jong-hoon.

Seungri, 28, is also being investigated by police on suspicion of violating the country’s prostitution laws. Though, he denies the charges against him and has promised to cooperate with police.

Just two days before the news about Jung emerged, Seungri announced his decision to quit the entertainment industry. “I think I’d better leave the entertainment industry at this moment,” he wrote on his official Instagram account. “I just cannot bear causing any further damage to people around me, while being hated and criticized by the public and being treated as a nation’s enemy during the investigation.”

Jung was dropped by his management company MakeUS Entertainment in light of the allegations.

According to reports from South Korean media, both singers have been banned from leaving the country. If found guilty, they could be sentenced to five years in prison or face a fine of up to 30 million won ($26,424), under South Korean law.

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