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Man posed as music producer in alleged rape of aspiring singer

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 27-year-old man over the alleged rape of a woman in Toshima Ward earlier this year, reports TV Asahi (May 18).

In February, Hiroyuki Kiyonari, a company employee, is alleged to have sexually assaulted the woman at a hotel.

Upon his arrest on suspicion of quasi-coerced intercourse, Kiyonari denied the allegations, the Ikebukuro Police Station said. He was sent to prosecutors on Tuesday.

According to police, Kiyonari falsely said online that he was a music producer. After the woman, an aspiring singer, responded to him, he summoned her to the lobby of a music studio.

Hiroyuki Kiyonari was in tears upon being sent to prosecutors on Tuesday (Twitter)

“If you want to debut [as a singer], you’ll have to learn about the makura eigyo,” he reportedly said in referring to the “pillow trade.” He then took her to the hotel.

Police are continuing the investigation, including examining telephone exchanges between the suspect and other women.

The arrest is not the first for Kiyonari. Last year, police accused him of the same crime.