Charges have been filed against Hawaiian-born former sumo wrestler Konishiki, 47, for allegedly assaulting a man in a dispute involving his dog defecating on the grounds of the man's residence, according to Japanese media reports.
NTV reported that the alleged assault took place at around 10 a.m. on Nov 12 while Konishiki and his wife Chie were walking their two golden retrievers in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward. The apartment owner's son, who is in his 30s, came up to the couple and berated them for allowing their dog to defecate on the grounds of a condominium complex where he lived.
Konishiki's wife reportedly told the man that it wasn't their dog that made the mess. Witnesses said that as the argument escalated, Konishiki approached the man and shoved him away, NTV reported.
The man later called police and filed a complaint. Papers on the case were sent to prosecutors on Dec 8, police said.
The man was quoted by NTV as saying that he might have let the incident go, but he was angered that Konishiki and his wife simply walked off after shoving him.
Konishiki, who is now a popular television personality in Japan, said on his blog Thursday that he was trying to protect his wife.
"It is true that I had some trouble with a neighbour while walking our dogs," the former ozeki said on his blog. "I became emotional while trying to protect my wife. I regret the incident as we failed to show thorough consideration. I apologize to my fans."© Japan Today