The former pop star, who is currently serving his prison sentence on nine counts, appealed the trial and had his sentence reduced from three years to one year and six months in prison. The singer was found guilty on nine counts of arranging sexual services for potential investors in his business, as well as overseas gambling at luxury Las Vegas casinos involving illicit currency trading . He was also fined 1.15 billion won (about $994,544).
The reduced sentence follows the change of position of the singer. At the initial trial, he denied eight of his nine charges, except for violating the Foreign Exchange Act. However, during his appeal trial, he admitted all of his charges and expressed remorse.
After the first trial last year, Seungri is currently imprisoned. Seungri and the military procuratorate did not appeal to the Supreme Court, so in case the appeal sentence is finalized, he will be released after serving one more year and one month of his sentence.
A third trial will be conducted by the Supreme Court of Korea.
Under current military law, the accused may appeal within seven days from the date of receipt of the judgment.
Seungri left K-Pop group BIGBANG in 2019 after the media reported the accusations of prostitution. His case is one of many scandals that have rocked the South Korean entertainment industry in recent years.
In 2019, singer Jung Joon-young was sentenced to six years in prison and former boy band member Choi Jong-hoon to five years after being convicted of illicit sex with a woman unable to resist.