UPDATE: As of January 14, NGT48's director Etsuro Imamura has been replaced by female director Maiko Hayakawa. She has previously worked with AKB48, SKE48 and STU48.
NGT48 also issued a full statement, in which they claimed that no NGT48 members were involved in orchestrating the incident, despite Maho Yamaguchi repeatedly saying it was the case. You can read the full statement below.
New director Hayawaka also released a statement that although she is not particularly familiar with the situation as it stands, she will be speaking with members to seek a solution.
NGT48's management company, AKS, has issued a statement apologising for their handling of Maho Yamaguchi's assault.
Maho Yamaguchi recently shared with fans that she had been assaulted by two men while arriving at her home in December. She believed that a fellow member of her group had provided the men with her personal information that aided them in finding and attacking her.
Her company has now said they will provide counselling to NGT48 members, along with alarm systems and will set up patrols to monitor areas they are staying to prevent future assaults. In their statement they apologised to Yamaguchi specifically, saying:
"Maho Yamaguchi took matters into her own hands and revealed what happened to her because of our poor response to her and fans... we would like to rebuild trust with the members by providing counseling, starting with Yamaguchi".
AKS has also confirmed that it was another member of NGT48 who gave the two men information on where Yamaguchi was staying and when she would be returning home. Police arrested the two men but they were later released without charges. AKS stated that there was also a third man involved as an accomplice.
All three men have been banned from future NGT48 events but their identities have not been made public.
The company's apology comes after they made Yamaguchi publicly apologise for coming forward about the assault. Fans were angered that she'd been forced to apologise and accused AKS of victim shaming.
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