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Gunma cops nab actor Yuta Takahata in rape of woman in hotel

Yuta Takahata
Yuta Takahata

GUNMA (TR) – Gunma Prefectural Police have arrested actor Yuta Takahata for allegedly raping a female employee at a hotel in Maebashi City, reports TBS News (Aug. 23).

Early Tuesday morning, Takahata, 22, allegedly attacked the woman and forced her inside his room after requesting that a toothbrush be brought to him. In the attack, the suspect pinned the limbs of the woman down and sexually assaulted her. The woman sustained injuries to her right hand.

Takahata, who has been charged with rape resulting injury, admits to the allegations. However, he denies planning the incident. As to a motive, he told police, “I could not suppress my desire to see the woman.”

The suspect is the son of well-known actress Atsuko Takahata. Earlier this year, the actor appeared in the drama “Noboru Tachibana’s Memorandum of Youth,” which aired on public broadcaster NHK between May 13 and July 1.

According to the Takahata’s Twitter account, which is now set to private, he was staying at the hotel for a shoot for a film. On the day before the incident, the suspect was out drinking with staff members for the shoot, according to another report by TBS News (Aug. 23). However, he was not viewed as drunk, police said.