The CEO of Burning Sun, the club that has been swept up in various controversies in recent days, has issued his own official statement and apologized to BIGBANG’s Seungri for getting him involved.

CEO Lee Moon Ho took to his Instagram account to release his statement, and it reads as follows:

Hello. This is Burning Sun CEO Lee Moon Ho. Though I am late, I am releasing this statement as the CEO to respond to the doubts and disappointment that many people have.

I sincerely apologize for posting this statement so late as I was consistently checking the facts to be as accurate and detailed as possible, given how serious the issue is.

The reason I had privated my personal Instagram account is because I wanted to focus all of my attention on resolving the situation and finding a solution, rather than on social media. I had no plans to avoid or hide behind anyone regarding this situation.

Regardless of the reason, our former employee Director Jang’s actions of physically assaulting a customer was undeniably his fault, and it is a crime that must be met with a deserving punishment. After becoming aware of the severity of the situation, I immediately called for the firing of Director Jang, and he will have to deeply repent and receive the necessary punishment. I also believe I am responsible as I was the one who hired him.

I am deeply repenting that my inability to oversee my employees has caused so many to feel angered about Burning Sun. We will do our best to make sure this does not happen again, and we are fully complying with all relevant investigations. And I wish to speak on my relationship with Seungri, who has received the most damages from this situation.

Seungri and I have been long-time friends, and I asked if he’d be willing to be a consultant when I was preparing the club. I was the first to approach him about the idea as he was a veteran with 10 years of experience as a member of BIGBANG under his belt, and I believed that asking him to consult for the club would bring an additional advertising effect. Unlike the many other businesses that Seungri manages and runs himself, Seungri only helped as a consultant and assisted us in contacting foreign DJs for Burning Sun, he did not intervene in the actual management of the club.

He stepped down from his position as an executive director from the club because he felt it was right for him to sort out all of his connections to Burning Sun before enlisting, especially as he was not in charge of management for the club like he is for his other businesses and because there was an issue regarding stock transfers. My heart is heavy and pained that Seungri is receiving so much criticism and rebuke for something I suggested. I am very sorry.

This issue, which began with Director Jang’s physical assault, is currently being spread across various different topics including deals with the police, sexual assault, and drugs. Burning Sun has currently delivered all CCTV footage and documents related to the club to the investigative team, and we are actively complying with them.

Aside from the assault case, everything else is unconfirmed. Most of it is unsubstantiated rumors that have been spread.

Because of this unfortunate case, Seungri and the 400 Burning Sun employees, including myself, have received much criticism. In order to stop such events from happening again, I will actively aid in the investigation as the CEO of Burning Sun and if there are any faults that are uncovered after the truth has been revealed, I will make sure appropriately severe punishments are carried out.

I will comply with the investigative team to quickly uncover the truth behind situations that I was not aware of, and we are doing our best to ensure this does not happen again.

Once again, I sincerely apologize for causing concern with this case. Under no circumstances can physical assault be justified, and I will take responsibility till the very end to ensure the truth is revealed.

I bow my head and apologize to all customers of Burning Sun and to those who are disappointed in Burning Sun due to this incident.

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안녕하세요. 버닝썬 대표 이문호입니다. 늦었지만 지금이라도 수많은 분들의 의혹과 실망감을 대표의 입장에서 해명하려합니다. 여러모로 조심스럽고 중대한 사안이라고 여겨져 최대한 정확하고 면밀하게 사실 여부를 지속적으로 체크함에 따라 해명글이 늦어진 점 진심으로 사과드립니다. 제 개인 인스타그램 계정을 비활성화한 이유는 SNS에 신경쓰기보다는 본 사안에 대해 조속한 대처와 해결에 집중하는 게 맞다는 생각이 들었기 때문입니다. 결코 이 사태를 회피하거나 뒤로 숨을 생각은 없었습니다. 우선 이유를 막론하고 저희 전직원 장00 이사가 고객을 폭행한 점은 명백한 장00 이사의 실수이며 마땅히 지탄받아야할 죄입니다. 저는 사건의 심각성을 인지한 후 장00 이사를 즉시 퇴사조치했으며 그는 이 사건에 대해 깊이 반성하고 마땅히 처벌받아야할 것입니다. 그리고 장00 이사를 채용한 저에게도 큰 책임이 있다고 생각합니다. 저의 미숙한 직원 관리로 인해 수많은 분들께 버닝썬에 대한 분노를 일으키게 한 점 깊이 반성합니다. 재발 방지에 모든 신경을 곤두세울 것이며 본 사건에 대한 모든 수사에 협조하고 있습니다. 그리고 이 사건으로 인해 가장 큰 피해를 입고 있는 승리와 저의 관계에 대해서 설명드리겠습니다. 승리와 저는 오랜 친구 사이이며 제가 클럽을 준비할 때 컨설팅 의뢰를 제안했습니다. 빅뱅 활동을 10년 동안 잘 하고 있던 배테랑이기도 하고 승리라는 친구가 컨설팅을 해주면 홍보 효과도 얻을 수 있다는 생각에 제가 먼저 부탁한 부분입니다. 승리는 본인이 직접 경영하고 운영을 맡았던 다른 사업체들과는 달리 버닝썬에서는 컨설팅과 해외디제이 컨택을 도와줬을 뿐 버닝썬의 실질적인 운영과 경영에는 개입하지 않았습니다. 다른 사업체와 달리 본인이 직접 운영하지 않은 점과 저에 대한 지분양도 문제 때문에 버닝썬을 먼저 정리 한 후 군대를 가는 것이 맞다고 생각하여 버닝썬 이사직을 사임한 것입니다. 제가 제안한 일로 인하여 승리가 수많은 비난과 질타를 받고 있는 것에 안타깝고 마음이 아픕니다. 정말 죄송합니다. 장00 이사의 폭행으로 시작된 본 사안은 현재 경찰과의 유착관계, 성폭행, 마약, 물뽕, 마약판매 혐의 등 많은 주제로 확산되었습니다. 현재 버닝썬은 검찰과 광역수사대 측에 호텔과 클럽의 CCTV원본 영상과 클럽과 관련된 자료를 전부 전달하였으며 수사에 적극 협조중입니다. 허나 해당 폭행 사건을 제외한 모든 사건들은 전부 확인되지 않은 것들입니다. 아무 근거없는 소문들도 사실로 여겨져 유포된 것이 다수입니다. 이 불미스러운 사건으로 인하여 승리를 포함한 저희 버닝썬 직원 400명 가량은 많은 질타를 받고 있습니다. 이러한 일의 반복을 막기 위해, 버닝썬 대표로서 수사협조에 적극적으로 참여해 진실을 밝혀낸 후, 잘못이 드러난다면 엄격한 처벌을 달게 받도록 조치 하겠습니다. 제가 몰랐던 버닝썬에 관련된 사건에 대해서는 적극적인 수사 협조를 통해 빠르게 진실을 밝힐 것이며, 다시는 이러한 일이 없도록 노력을 기울이고 있습니다. 다시 한번 이번 사건으로 심려를 끼친 점 진심으로 사죄드립니다. 어떠한 경우에도 폭력은 정당화될 수 없으며 저는 이 사건에 대해 끝까지 책임지고 모든 진실들을 밝혀내고자 합니다. 그 동안 버닝썬을 찾아주신 모든 고객분들과 이번 일로 버닝썬에 실망하셨을 모든 분들께 고개 숙여 사과드립니다.

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There was another official statement released by Burning Sun that laid out what they would be doing moving forward. First, it established that Director Jang had been removed from his position following the assault incident. It also denied all allegations that the club turned a blind eye to the sale and use of drugs, as well as to any acts of sexual assault. They stated, “After the investigation, if the police find that the allegations are true, we will shut down Burning Sun.” They also included that they have already pursued legal action against those who spread false information about the club, and will continue to do so.

Finally, Burning Sun stated that they will be getting rid of the VIP rooms that are currently being questioned, as well as increasing the number of CCTVs to tackle blind spots. They stated they will also fire all employees who have a criminal record or other concerning factors, and create a KakaoTalk chat for female customers to submit complaints that can be dealt with immediately.

On January 28, MBC’s “News Desk” aired a report about an assault at Burning Sun. Since then, the police has responded with a press release with details of the incident and the investigation.Burning Sun Entertainment released a statement signed by CEOs Lee Sung Hyun and Lee Moon Ho regarding the various issues, including CCTV footage. Both Yang Hyun Suk and Seungri have also released statements explaining the situation since then.

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