Johnny & Associates has recently addressed allegations of sexual misconduct involving its late founder, Johnny Kitagawa.
Johnny & Associates acknowledges reports of sexual harassment allegations against Johnny Kitagawa. However, they have chosen not to comment on specific accusations to maintain impartiality during investigations. Instead, they have entrusted an independent third-party prevention team and a victim support committee to handle the matter, refraining from commenting on the individual allegations in the media.
The agency emphasizes its dedication to supporting victims and following recommendations from the prevention team. Victims approved for compensation by the victim support committee will receive payments.
The statement also addresses allegations against Johnny & Associates' President, Noriyuki Higashiyama, regarding enabling misconduct. Higashiyama has consistently denied these claims. The agency fully cooperates with the prevention team and the victim support committee to address this matter thoroughly.
Johnny & Associates expresses concern about the potential misuse of resources meant for genuine victims by individuals fabricating false stories. They urge media outlets to rigorously verify claims to ensure resources reach genuine victims.
In conclusion, Johnny & Associates' response emphasizes transparency, justice, and support for those affected by these allegations, maintaining their commitment to the investigation process's integrity.