Police say the former manager of actress Makiko Esumi, 47, claims he was not acting on her orders when he spray painted graffiti on the home of former baseball star and actor Kazushige Nagashima, 48.
The incident occurred at the end of February 2012. Sports Nippon reported Friday that police in Tokyo's Osaki area investigated the vandalism but were unable to find the culprit. The words "idiot" and "stupid son" had been spray painted on the walls of the newly built house.
However, on August 28 this year, Shukan Bunshun, a weekly magazine, published a story which claimed that Esumi had ordered her former manager to spray Nagashima's home. Police questioned the man who denied the claim, saying that he acted on his own accord.
Police questioned Esumi earlier this week and said they were satisfied she was not involved. The ex-manager appeared on Fuji Television's "Super News" on Thursday and admitted that he had "been feeling sorry for Esumi and for what he had started."
Japanese tabloid media have speculated that Nagashima's wife was the "leader" of a group of mothers of children said to be bullying Esumi's daughter at the private school she attends, Sports Nippon reported. Esumi also hinted on her blog that she was being ostracized by the same group of mothers, though Shukan Bunshun suggested it was the other way round.© Japan Today