Ravi Apologizes And Leaves VIXX + Prosecution Requests 2-Year Prison Sentence For Military-Related Corruption
Updated April 11 KST:
Ravi has posted a letter to apologize for his actions involving military-related corruption.
On April 11, he wrote the following on his personal Instagram account:
Hello, this is Ravi.
First of all, I apologize to everyone who has been harmed and hurt by what I did wrong.
In the past, I was assigned to public service due to illness I had, and I was postponing my service for my activities when I reached the point where it was difficult to postpone my service any further.
I was the only artist in the company generating profits, and the implementation dates for the contracts that were signed before COVID-19 were being postponed without certainty, so with the burden of contract cancellation charges, I was desperate to delay my military service.
With desperation, I made a foolish decision, and when my worries about the company and the contract issues were resolved, I voluntarily registered for public service and was carrying out my service since October of last year.
I would like to sincerely apologize to the epilepsy patients and their families who must have been hurt by this self-justified wrong decision I made in this process along with everyone required to serve who is diligently carrying out their duty even at this moment.
Furthermore, I sincerely apologize to all the people who were hurt by me and to the fans who passionately supported my life beyond my existence as an artist for making you all experience the feeling that the time we spent together is being denied and falling apart.
I wanted to be someone you could be proud of, but I have no excuse for showing such a shameful side of myself.
Compared to everyone’s valuable feelings which were developed sincerely over a long period of time, I think I was very lacking.
Lastly, I decided to leave VIXX so that no further damage would be given to the team members who were harmed by my fault. I am sincerely grateful to all the members who have been with me for the long period of 11 years, and I feel apologetic beyond words. I sincerely hope that there will be no more harm caused to the members’ valuable efforts because of me.
I think I am a person who is lacking a lot and still has much to learn.
I think it is my responsibility to take all the criticism over this incident. The more you scold me, the more I will repent and learn from it.
I know very well that my simple words of apology do not make my faults go away.
I will continue to learn and work hard so that I can live as a better person by reflecting on this moment without forgetting it.
I sincerely apologize.
Ravi has officially departed VIXX.
VIXX’s agency Jellyfish Entertainment released the following statement on April 11:
Hello. This is Jellyfish Entertainment.
We sincerely thank the fans who support VIXX, and we inform you of member Ravi’s departure from VIXX.
After careful discussion between Ravi and the agency, it was decided that he will leave the team as of today.
We deeply apologize for causing trouble to the fans who support VIXX.
Earlier this year, it was reported that a group of brokers was arrested on charges of corruption to evade military service by designating their clients to a neurologist at a large hospital in Seoul and then giving them a false medical diagnosis of epilepsy to help them be exempted from military service or receive a lesser military grade. These brokers then reportedly promoted themselves by saying their services were used by a famous idol rapper, who was revealed to be Ravi.
On April 11, the first trial was held for eight individuals including Ravi, his labelmate Nafla, and their label GROOVL1N’s co-CEO “A” on charges of violating the Military Service Act. At the trial, the prosecution requested two-year prison sentences for Ravi and “A” along with two years and six months for Nafla.
The date of the sentencing trial has not been set yet.
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