TOBE founder Hideaki Takizawa wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter) denying allegations against him being a sexual predator during his time at Johnny & Associates.
Here is his statement posted on X:
"I'm writing this to protect both my company and my reputation. Recently, there have been articles published by "Josei Seven" and "News Post Seven" that contain inaccurate information and a significant distortion of facts. Up until now, I have always respected freedom of expression and freedom of the press when it comes to media coverage and refrained from responding. However, this time, due to the glaring discrepancies in the timeline and the absence of truth in the articles, I must emphatically refute them.
Such articles can mislead people and have a detrimental impact, especially in this era of children exposed to the online world. It's not conducive to education, and I believe it goes beyond the boundaries of acceptable conduct. Reporting information that deviates from the truth is something that should never be done, and it's embarrassing as an adult. I urge you to refrain from publishing content that does not align with the facts in the future. If it concerns matters related to an artist, I will vigorously rebut and address it, but since this pertains to my personal life, I'll express my thoughts on social media.
To those who found it discomforting, I apologize. Publishing such content that deviates from the truth is, in my view, akin to an act of violence."