Gangnam sty: K-pop’s ugly underbelly of rape and abuse exposed

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Gangnam sty: K-pop’s ugly underbelly of rape and abuse exposed

The immensely popular Korean music scene has a squeaky-clean image, but nothing could be further from the truth

James Rothwell

South Korea’s playground for the rich and famous has been rocked by a major scandal over the alleged drugging and rape of young girls, exposing the underbelly of the country’s massively popular “K-pop” scene.

Police have arrested more than 350 people in connection with claims of endemic sexual abuse and exploitation in Seoul’s Gangnam nightclub district, where K-pop stars mingle with wealthy businessmen and VIPs.

The case has led to intense scrutiny of South Korea’s multibillion-dollar K-pop industry, a global export that was once synonymous with squeaky-clean pop bands but is now facing allegations that resonate with the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the United States...

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