Ai Kago, the 23-year-old former Morning Musume member and television personality, was found on the floor of her apartment by her agency staff Sunday, following an apparent suicide attempt, Sankei Shimbun and other media reported.
An employee from her talent management agency was dispatched to her home after Kago, speaking on the telephone, intimated she was considering suicide. Police officials state she had sustained several self-inflicted but shallow cuts to her wrists. Police said she had also taken prescription drugs, but that her life is not in danger and she's expected to make a full physical recovery.
Kago has reportedly been depressed since last week, when her boyfriend, Haruhiko Ando, 44, with whom she lives, was arrested for alleged attempted extortion and alleged connections to an organized crime organization. Kago was also taken in for questioning by police.
Kago has had a troubled past and has admitted to self-harm and contemplating suicide before. She was fired from Morning Musume while still a teenager for underage smoking and dating a much older man. Later, in 2009 it was alleged that Kago had a relationship with 33-year-old actor Hidejiro Mizumoto. Mizumoto's wife Asato sued them both, stating that she had proof that the affair had taken place. On May 24, 2009, a family court found in Asato's favor. A divorce was granted and Mizumoto was order to hand over his home in Kumamoto and his car to Asato, as well as 300,000 yen in child support every month for his three children.© Japan Today