TOKYO, Aug. 26, Kyodo
A veteran actress apologized Friday after her lesser-known actor son was arrested on a rape charge three days earlier.
“I cannot apologize enough for expressing how sorry I am to the victim and to the people who have been affected by the cancellation of my son’s appearances (in TV programs and films) and those who have to do the filming work all over again,” Atsuko Takahata told a packed press conference.
Wearing dark gray clothes, the 61-year-old actress said she met with her 22-year-old son, Yuta, on Thursday at the police station in Gunma Prefecture where he has been detained.
The actor, who came under the spotlight after appearing in NHK’s drama series “Mare” last year, cried and told his mother “I’m sorry,” the elder Takahata said.
The actress said she will not cancel her scheduled stage appearance from September.
Yuta Takahata was arrested on suspicion of raping an employee of a hotel in Maebashi where he was staying. He allegedly asked the woman in her 40s to bring a toothbrush to his room and forcibly brought her inside and raped her. The police said the suspect has admitted to the charges.