Japanese Idol Assaulted by 2 Men Forced to Apologise on Stage for Speaking Out

Follow up to yesterday's post about Yamaguchi Maho of Japanese idol group NGT48, who was assaulted a month ago by two men who broke into her apartment, and spoke up a few days ago about the assault on twitter. Yesterday evening, during a concert with the group, she came out on stage and apologised to the fans for speaking out about the assault and "causing trouble".

The way that she's apologising, by bowing at a full 90 degree angle, is reserved in Japan for apologising for severe misdeeds and injustices. Keep in mind, she was the one who was assaulted.

official statement and tweets under hereCollapse )

this is causing a lot of outrage in the jpop community on twitter and it's national news in Japan, but no international outlets have picked up the story yet. the police, the city, and the group management are trying to cover this up. she's lost a ton of weight and is looking absolutely skeletal.

UPDATE: some international media is picking up on the story, daily mail and billboard are reporting it

sources: Kotaku, apology video, AKS statement tweet, yui tweet, kitahara tweet, yuki tweet