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Movie star Hirofumi Arai indicted on sexual assault charge

Hirofumi Arai (Mainichi/Teruko Kukita)

TOKYO -- Film star Hirofumi Arai was indicted Feb. 21 on a charge of sexually assaulting a masseuse at his home, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office has announced.

Prosecutors have not disclosed whether Arai, 40, has admitted to the allegation.

According to the indictment and other sources, Arai is accused of sexually assaulting the masseuse in her 30s when she was dispatched to his home in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on July 1, 2018.

Arai was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department on Feb. 1. Shortly afterward, his talent agency terminated his exclusive management contract, and the release of a film in which he stars, "Zenaku no Kuzu" (Waste of good and evil), was canceled.

Arai is known as a talented actor with roles in many popular Japanese movies, such as "Blood and Bones" and "Beyond Outrage."

(Japanese original by Kazuhiro Toyama, City News Department)

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