Talent management agency Avilla received a package containing a threatening letter and what police believe to be an ammunition cartridge, police sources said Tuesday. The agency received the parcel in February, when it was involved in legal wrangling over its contract with popular actress Kaori Manabe, 31.
According to police, the package, sent by standard mail, contained a metallic ammo cartridge and a letter warning the agency to stop bothering Manabe.
According to the Sankei newspaper, the disputes between Manabe and Avilla began in 2009 when Manabe's former agency, also run by Avilla company president Masaya Makino, 43, was formally accused of tax evasion. Manabe filed a lawsuit seeking dissolution of her contract, but was then countersued by Avilla. Manabe was subsequently sued by Makino for defamation of character after Manabe's lawyers presented documents in the Avilla case, stating that some of his clients had quit the agency due to his alleged shady conduct.
Makino was accused of sexual harassment and forcing female clients to have an abortion if they became pregnant, Sankei reported. Makino has denied the allegations, and claimed that the evidence was based on hearsay and untruths.© Japan Today