Former YG Leisure chief denies allegations in whistleblower blackmail case

Yang Hyun-suk (c), the previous CEO of Okay-pop powerhouse YG Leisure, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives for trial on the Seoul Central District Courtroom in Seoul on Friday. (yonhap)

The previous head of Okay-pop powerhouse YG Leisure on Friday denied allegations with the corporate of threatening a whistleblower in an try and stall an investigation right into a drug scandal involving a singer-rapper.

Former YG Leisure CEO Yang Hyun-suk charged in August 2016 for allegedly threatening and coercing a whistleblower, a former member of YG’s boy band iKON, to testify to police about drug suspicions round BI has been utilized.

In a courtroom trial held in Seoul, Yang mentioned “sure” to a choose when requested if he agreed together with his lawyer, who insisted that Yang met with the informant, however lied to legislation enforcement officers. didn’t threaten or coerce the individual.

In September, Bi, whose authorized identify is Kim Han-bin, was sentenced to a few years in jail for unlawful drug use, suspended for 4 years. He was ordered to do 80 hours of group service and full 40 hours of drug therapy periods.

The drug scandal involving BI led to Yang resigning as CEO of YG Leisure, which is house to Ikon, in addition to different main Okay-pop bands resembling Blackpink and Treasure. BI additionally left iKON attributable to this rip-off and terminated its contract with the corporate. (yonhap)

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