Five Years After Burning Sun: Why is Seungri and Jung Joon-young better off?

Five years have passed since “Burning Sun Gate.” The “Burning Sun Gate” case, which shook Korea in 2019, has ended with legal punishment for those who were involved, but the aftermath remains. While stars who have been legally punished return to society and act as if nothing has happened, some have lost their career due to groundless rumors.

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Singers Seungri and Jung Joon-young are back in the society. Seungri, who was named as a key figure in “Burning Sun Gate,” was sentenced to one and a half years in prison on charges of brokering prostitution, violating the Foreign Exchange Transaction Act, embezzling business, and gambling abroad with 2 billion won.


Since he was released from prison, Seungri has been drawing negative attention every day. In particular, after being released from prison, he held a big birthday party in Thailand. He also danced to Big Bang’s song and mentioned G-Dragon at an event in Cambodia, raising eyebrows. He is known to be trying to open a club in Hong Kong and has caused controversy over cheating with two women at the same time.

Jung Joon-young was arrested and charged in March 2019 on charges of rape of a drunk woman twice in Hongcheol, Gangwon Province, in January 2016 and Daegu in March of the same year. At that time, Jung Joon-young was also accused of using a hidden camera to film sex video of a woman and sharing it with a number of acquaintances in a private chat room. Jung Joon-young was sentenced to five years in prison and was released from prison in March.

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Jung Joon-young was considering returning to music after being released from prison. He was later seen at a club in France. Jung Joon-young was accused of trying to seduce a woman at the club. The photos captured him at the club with colorful lights were also posted, drawing a lot of criticism.

On the other hand, some people lost all their career after being rumored to be involved in the “Burning Sun Gate.” Representatives include Go Joon-hee and Song Dae-eun, who were rumored to be the “Burning Sun actresses.” First of all, Go Joon-hee was exempted from a drama, for which she was casted in 2019 and had to take a long hiatus.

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In a recent YouTube show, Go Joon-hee shared, “I honestly don’t know why I’m related to Burning Sun. I don’t know where Burning Sun was and I’ve never been there. I kept saying no for years. But no one listened to me and shows just edited my explanation out. It made my mother have otolithiasis. Whenever I think about my mother, I cry. My mother hid her condition from me, too. I wondered if it was because of me that she got sick.” Go recently announced her return to the theater.

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Song Dae-eun, who was known through the hit program “Heart Signal,” also lost her career as she was wrongly named as an “actress in Burning Sun.” Song Da-eun said, “At the time, I was dropped from all the dramas that I was casted, and I spent every day in despair with tears due to the situation of not being able to perform real-time activities such as advertisements and radios, and even now, the rumor that is not true followed me like a tag.”