J-pop girl group NGT48 is being dissolved in its current formation, to restart as a new group with a new line-up.
The move comes after the fallout from member Maho Yamaguchi revealing she had been assaulted in December 2018, and that potentially another member had been involved in the orchestration of the assault. Management took no action, until she called them out publicly, after which she was made to apologise.
Since then, a third party investigative team has reported that no other members were involved in the incident, a report Yamaguchi has stated is false. NGT48 had been dropped from any promotions with their home city of Niigata following the controversy.
NGT48 will hold their final performances in their current two teams, Team NIII and Team G, on April 21. It's unconfirmed as to who from the current members will be included in the new line-up, and whether Yamaguchi will stay on. She is currently Team G's vice-captain.
The line-up change was decided by NGT48's management team, who said the decision is due to their not being enough members in the group and that the current teams are too difficult to maintain.
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