The K-pop industry and some in the wider show business community in South Korea have a problem with drugs. Psy (pictured) was accused of smoking marijuana.

K-pop star Seungri’s nightclub drug scandal ‘is just the tip of the iceberg’

  • Burning Sun in Seoul is embroiled in a sex and drugs scandal, but experts say drug abuse is an industry-wide problem
  • Some believe authorities’ failure to stop drug dealing and the vicious competition in show business are the leading causes of drug use
Topic |   K-pop, Mandopop and other Asian pop

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The K-pop industry and some in the wider show business community in South Korea have a problem with drugs. Psy (pictured) was accused of smoking marijuana.
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Seungri arrives for questioning over criminal allegations at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on March 14. The South Korean pop star has announced his retirement from show business amid mounting criminal investigations. Photo: AFP

How the Seungri and Jung Joon-young K-pop sex scandal exposes South Korea’s culture of toxic masculinity

  • Charges of sexual abuse and illegally recording sexual activities could cost a number of stars their careers, but this behaviour is all too common
  • The country’s #MeToo movement saw tens of thousands of women protest hidden-camera sex crimes last year – will the latest outrage mean real change?
Topic |   South Korea

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Seungri arrives for questioning over criminal allegations at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on March 14. The South Korean pop star has announced his retirement from show business amid mounting criminal investigations. Photo: AFP
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