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Tokyo cops bust actress Ai Takabe for cocaine

Ai Takabe
Ai Takabe

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of popular actress Ai Takabe for the possession of cocaine, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 27).

On the morning of October 15, police took Takabe, 27, whose real name is Airi Nakamura, into custody after a search of her residence in Shibuya Ward resulted in the discovery of cocaine.

Takabe admits to the allegations, telling police that she received the drug from an acquaintance.

In 2004, Takabe won the Gravure-sho, or Pin-Up Award, at the All-Japan National Beautiful Girl Contest. She subsequently went on to appear in television dramas and as a voice actress in animations, including “Kill Me, Baby,” which was broadcast on TBS in 2012.

According to the Asahi Shimbun (Oct. 27), Oscar Promotion, the agency representing Takabe, cancelled her contract on the same day she was arrested.

Takabe was also a member of the idol group Bishoujo Club 31, which was managed by Oscar Promotion until it disbanded in 2006.