Yuma Ishigaki, 26, who has appeared in popular dramas "Gokusen" and "Ikemen Paradise," was arrested for assault and obstructing a police officer on Saturday morning, it was learned Monday night at a press conference held by his agency HoriPro in their Shinjuku office.
According to police and Horipro, Ishigaki started drinking with three male friends in his Tokyo residence at around 11.30 p.m. on Friday night. Two female friends later joined them and they went to an izakaya in Kabukicho, where they stayed until about 5 a.m. Saturday morning. When Ishigaki went to pay the bill, he couldn’t find his wallet and he asked one of the staff to help him find it. He then got in an argument with a male employee and allegedly punched him several times in the forehead.
Staff called the police and when they arrived, found Ishigaki out of control and asked him to go the police station for questioning, to which he agreed. But when he got out of the police car at the Shinjuku police station, he fell over, and then kicked an officer in the mouth, causing a laceration, police said. Ishigaki was arrested instantly.
Ishigaki was also charged with assaulting the izakaya staff, and was released from custody Monday. His parents picked him up at the police station, about which Ishigaki said “I felt the weight of what I’d done by the look in my parents’ faces…I’ve never seen them look like that before.”
Dressed in a black suit at the press conference Monday night, Ishigaki said “I was drunk, so I can’t remember clearly, but I remember getting angry over my wallet. I’ve disappointed all my fans, the people I work with…it was very immature of me.”
Bowing numerous times, he added: “Don’t toss me aside. I’ll reform myself. I’m not going to drink for a while.”
A Horipro PR spokesman said, “We’re considering what action to take. For the time being he will be stepping down from all activities.”© Wire reports