Gangnam Style singer Psy was questioned by police in relation to the scandal involving YG Entertainment founder Yang Hyun-suk.
The K-pop star, who achieved worldwide success and viral fame in 2012 with Gangnam Style, was interrogated on 17 June until 3.30am KST, it has been confirmed.
Psy, real name Park Jae-sang, was asked about a dinner in July 2014, at which Yang Hyun-suk is accused of procuring escorts for foreign investors.
The singer was represented by YG for eight years up until May 2018, remaining good friends with Yang Hyun-suk.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Psy – who attended the dinner in question with Yang – denied having been aware of any illegal activity taking place, saying that he and Yang left the party after dinner.
The event was attended by two Malaysian investors including Jho Low, a fugitive who is wanted by the Malaysian, Singapore and US authorities.
Last month, Psy issued a statement on his relationship with Jho Low and Yang after MBC’s Straight reported allegations that Yang had offered prostitution services to the investors.
The 41-year-old wrote on Instagram: ‘When Jho Low and his party visited Korea as part of their Asia tour, Yang Hyun Suk and I were invited to attend [the dinner]. After eating and drinking with others who had been invited, Yang Hyun Suk and I left first.’
He added that while he had been the one to introduce Yang to Jho Low, he had not been aware of any of the allegations that have surfaced.
Yang was interrogated on Wednesday by police in Seoul, and has denied all allegations of prostitution mediation, tax evasion and the cover-up of a drug scandal.
The businessman claimed: ‘Though it is true that I was at the dinner, I was not aware of any prostitution services and I did not even pay for the dinner myself. He I have had no further contact with the businessmen who were at the dinner.’
He admitted to knowing a woman referred to as Madam Jung, who attended the party with 10 other women, but denied knowing anything about the other women.
Earlier this month, Yang stood down as YG Entertainment’s CEO to avoid further damage to the agency’s artists.
This comes three months after YG artist Seungri of Big Bang retired from music after being accused of providing sexual escort services to foreign investors and VIP clients at the Burning Sun nightclub.
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