Member of pop group Tokio accused of indecent assault
Jiji -- Apr 26
Police have sent papers on Tatsuya Yamaguchi, a member of Japanese pop group Tokio, to public prosecutors on charges of an indecent assault against a high school girl, it was learned Wednesday.

Yamaguchi, 46, is suspected of performing indecent acts on the girl, including forcibly kissing her, at his apartment in Tokyo's Minato Ward in February. He is also alleged to have recommended an alcoholic drink to the minor at the time, investigative sources said.

He has broadly admitted the charges and has reached a settlement with the girl, according to the sources. He is believed to have become acquainted with her through his work.

Yamaguchi is the bassist in the band of five men. He has served as a "special ambassador" in a nationwide tour to display the flags of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Johnny & Associates, his agency, expressed regret for his behavior allegedly under the influence of alcohol. In a statement, the agency said it offered a heartfelt apology to the girl and reached a settlement.

人気アイドルグループ「TOKIO」の山口達也メンバー(46)が女子高校生にわいせつな行為をしたとして、警視庁に書類送検されていたことが分かりました。 捜査関係者によりますと、山口メンバーは今年2月、東京・港区六本木の自宅で、女子高校生に無理やりキスをした疑いが持たれています。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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