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Tokyo talent agency exec arrested for rape for 4th time

Hiroki Sato
Hiroki Sato of Hermes Entertainment

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have re-arrested the president of a talent agency for the alleged rape of a female employee late last year, reports Sankei Sports (Oct. 30).

At around noon on December 26, Hiroki Sato, the 33-year-old president of Hermes Entertainment, based in Suginami Ward, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman, aged in her 20s, at a residence that also serves as the company’s office.

Sato, who has been accused of rape, denies allegations. “To say something has no meaning,” the suspect was quoted by the Suginami Police Station.

The incident took place after the woman, a part-time assistant, announced she was quitting. “You bitch, you will fall into the darkness that is the sex trade,” he threatened her before carrying out the crime.

The arrest is Sato’s fourth for rape. In one case, he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, an aspiring voice actress, after she said she was terminating her contract with the agency in order to move to a different firm.