WITH wholesome looks and increasingly global fanbases, K-pop has sold its stars as the ultimate squeaky-clean pin-ups. But a burgeoning sex scandal in the industry is damaging its image and showing how. All three were members of the same chat room where Jung and others shared illicit content involving at least 10 women, according to broadcaster SBS. South Korea has been battling a growing epidemic of so-called molka, or spycam videos — mostly of women, secretly filmed by men. But K-pop stars generally cultivate clean-cut images, and are actively promoted by the South Korean government as a key cultural export. With fortunes at stake, they have more to lose than most by being embroiled in a scandal, even after a wave of MeToo accusations in the still socially conservative South Korea during the past year.
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