TOKYO (TR) – Taipei authorities have released Taiwanese-Japanese actress and singer Makiyo on $1,000 bail (NT$30,000) and barred her from leaving the island for her involvement in a dispute last week that seriously injured a taxi cab driver, the Taipei Times reported (Feb. 8).
Makiyo, suspected of being drunk at the time, was a passenger in the car with two other Taiwanese actresses and a male companion from Japan when the altercation started, according to the paper. The male friend, identified as Takateru Tomoyori, was arrested Friday for allegedly attacking the driver who remains in intensive care with two fractured ribs and a concussion, the Times said.
Makiyo is suspected to have kicked the taxi during the altercation and could be charged with damage to personal property and aggravated assault, the Times said. The two other actresses, A-tzu and Hsiang-ying, were questioned after the incident and released without bail.
Local reports say the altercation started when the taxi driver asked the four to wear their seatbelts and they refused. At a press conference, Makiyo said her male companion came to her defense after the taxi cab driver tried to fondle her when she was paying the cab fare; the man’s family denies the charge and passersby who witnessed the fight said the taxi driver never tried to defend himself, according to the Times.