Actor Yuta Takahata, 22, also famous for being the son of popular actress Atsuko Takahata, has been arrested for allegedly raping and assaulting a woman in her 40s in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday at a business hotel, where Takahata was staying for the filming of his latest movie “Ao no Kaeri michi.”
Police said Takahata assaulted the victim, an employee at the hotel, after returning from a night out drinking with colleagues. He allegedly asked the woman to bring him a toothbrush and then pulled her inside his room. He then tied her arms and legs and raped her, police allege. The victim also suffered minor injuries to her hands and body during the assault, police reported.
At around 3:30 a.m., police received a phone call from an acquaintance of the victim, which stated that “a friend was assaulted in a hotel room. The criminal is Yuta Takahata.”
When police arrived at the hotel they found Takahata relatively sober. He was taken in for questioning and formally charged at around 1:30 p.m.
Takahata was quoted by police as admitting to the assault and saying that he “could not control his desire” after seeing the woman at the hotel. He has, however, insisted that he did not plan the assault in advance.
The actor had been staying at the hotel since Sunday, Fuji TV reported.
Meanwhile, Takahata's mother Atsuko, 61, appeared before the media in front of Maebashi Police Station on Thursday for the first time after her son’s arrest. The almost entirely black-clad actress apologized to the reporters and bowed deeply. She is expected to hold an official press conference on Friday, after meeting with her son.
Yuta Takahata made his official debut last year and has since successfully appeared in various TV dramas and movies.© Japan Today