March 26, 2019
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Third K-Pop star admits involvement in sex video scandal

Seoul, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- South Korean K-pop singer Lee Jong-hyun on Friday admitted that he was involved in a sex video scandal that has rocked the country's music industry and apologized to his fans for his unethical behavior.

Lee's management agency issued a statement contradicting an earlier denial of his involvement in the case.

"Lee Jong-hyun is (admitting) that he deserves criticism for watching videos on KakaoTalk, disparaging women and making improper conversation about sex", FNC Entertainment said.

Lee, who is a member of boyband CNBLUE, admitted to his involvement one day after Seungri, a former member of another bang Bigbang, and Jung Joon-young, who shot to fame after coming second in a television talent show, were reported to be implicated in the sex scandal.

"If (Lee) had a correct sense of sexual awareness, he might have not turned a blind eye to (the inappropriateness of the sex videos), so he is repenting for doing so," FNC said. "(We) apologize for those who were hurt by the immoral and promiscuous conversations he had without a sense of guilt."

Lee and Seungri were questioned by police on Thursday for allegedly facilitating prostitution and distributing sexually explicit videos of people without their consent.

The scandal has triggered a wave of public outrage in South Korea.

Jung has admitted to having secretly filmed himself having sex with different women and sharing them on an instant messaging platform with several high profile figures from the South Korean music industry, including Seungri.

Jung is accused of facilitating prostitution services - which is illegal in the country - at a nightclub in Seoul for potential investors in his businesses in 2015.

"I admit to all my crimes. I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a social media chatroom, and while I did so I didn’t feel a great sense of guilt", Jung said in a statement.

Both Seungri and Jung have had their contracts terminated by their respective management agencies.

The scandal follows a separate controversy that broke last year, known in Korean as "molka", which refers to the distribution of sexually explicit footage filmed secretly without women's consent.

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