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Japanese idol forced to apologize for talking about assault

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A member of J-pop girl group NGT48 apologized Thursday (Jan. 10) for publicly addressing an assault against her. Yamaguchi Maho, a member of the AKB48-associated act, apologized Thursday night in Japan for “causing trouble,” according to fan-captured videos from the act’s third-anniversary concert.

In recordings from the event, fans can be heard expressing support for her, as she said she wanted to protect the act through her recent actions and has since spoken to management and hopes to take NGT48 in a new direction.

According to a report from NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting organization, Yamaguchi was approached in her apartment building on Dec. 8 by two men and allegedly grabbed in the face. The pair were arrested and released without being charged after saying they had wanted to talk to the star.

During both the video and on Twitter, Yamaguchi said she had been silent over the past month while waiting for the act’s management to take action but was coming forward to express concern over the safety of both herself and other members of NGT48, some of whom she said had faced similar situations. Prior to the live stream being cut short, the singer said she had feared for her life during the incident. In additional tweets translated by fans but that no longer appear on her Twitter account, Yamaguchi allegedly said that someone within NGT48 was accountable.

 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/international/8493058/j-pop-girl-group-ngt48-apologizes-discussing-assault-yamaguchi-maho?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

 

Apparently female fans of the group have been harassed by stalkers too

 

There's also a petition for their theater manager to resign and make a former apology to Mahohon with over 40,000 singnatures.

 

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Rev8

Disgusting.
Lets sign the petition to make this guy leave.

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MissedTheTrain

What the ****?  That's so backwards :biblio: 

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zuszia

I hope, that the petition will be successful.

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Grumpy Gills

This poor girl omg, her management, bandmates and the cops are trash :deadbanana4:

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Katamari

will the petition even matter since Japan is so insular to things. Or at least the video game side is

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