Man, 50, accused of making false claims about members of NGT48 online
tokyoreporter.com -- Jul 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 50-year-old man for allegedly making false claims about idol group NGT48, reports NHK (July 21).

On May 24, 2019, Akirhiro Sumi, of no known occupation, wrote about five members on Twitter, “There’s no point to say anything since their hearts and minds have been destroyed through use of stimulant drugs.”

Upon his arrest on suspicion of defamation, Sumi admitted to the allegations. “I wanted to bring down the image of the members,” the suspect told the Azabu Police Station.

In explaining his motive, Sumi, a resident of Shinjuku Ward, added that he had reacted to “distrust” that emerged following the assault incident involving member Maho Yamaguchi. She left the group six days before Tsuno sent the tweet.

Last month, the management agency for the group consulted with police about the matter. After launching an investigation, police determined that Sumi was likely behind other similar incidents involving the group.

事実と異なる書き込みで人気アイドルグループ「NGT48」のメンバー5人の名誉を毀損したとして50歳の男が逮捕されました。  角昭宏容疑者は去年5月、NGT48のメンバー5人を名指しして「覚醒剤使用のため、思考回路と人間の心破壊されてますので」などとSNSに書き込み、名誉を毀損した疑いが持たれています。警視庁によりますと、角容疑者は取り調べに対し「元メンバーへの暴行事件で不信感や怒りがあった」「イメージダウンを狙った」と容疑を認めています。他にもメンバーに関する根拠のない書き込みを数件していて警視庁は余罪についても調べています。
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