GACKT doesn’t seem to be catching a break lately; in addition to his tax investigation last year, new and more serious allegations have been risen against him.
A few days ago, his OHP made an announcement regarding the falsehood of the accusations made against him as written in FLASH, a Japanese gossip magazine. He has been accused of sexually assaulting and raping a nightclub hostess sometime in late 2011. The details have been translated into English by many Asian pop culture sites already.
As well as GACKT’s staff denying the accusations, the man himself left comments on LINE for his fans:
Is everyone doing well?
It’s been a while since I’ve written a comment for LINE.
I’m just about to leave my hotel near the venue.
From here, there’s the live in Omiya.
The fact that I’m writing on LINE after such a long time
Is in regards to the article published in FLASH yesterday.
Do you know FLASH?
Well, it’s photo-gossip magazine;
They reported that
“I assaulted, confined, and raped a cabaret club girl several years ago”.
What a ridiculous idea…
I was shocked enough to drop my jaw completely and rage,
‘How do you have the nerve to be able to create a story that goes that far!’
The content is like an erotic novel.
Well, it’s that they’re attacking my tour
Clearly, this is often the sales department’s aim, but…
There is no profanity as great as this.
If they make me their topic,
I know they’ll stretch the number of copies they sell.
Now, the number of copies that weekly publications are selling is dropping and I understand that they’re desperate,
But isn’t this a downward spiral?
In order to sell they list out exaggerated lies.
People will stop believing them.
And, to stretch the number of copies, they list out more and more atrocious things.
They’ll gradually stop selling and cease publication
It doesn’t look good…
If it’s true that I assaulted, confined, and raped [that girl] several years ago,
Wouldn’t the police moved in and immediately arrested me?
Furthermore, this woman who’s calling out that she’s the victim…
Well, she suddenly listed these lies and demanded 10,000,000 yen if she retracts her story.
Isn’t that called “extortion” or “blackmail” in this age?
There is a limit, even to unreasonableness.
When I replied through my lawyer,
“I will not pay you for that kind of completely baseless thing!!!”
Without any further contact at all,
When she made it public it was a weekly magazine… what the hell is this?
Moreover it’s written in the article that she’s only asking for an apology,
But wait a minute, in the beginning you were demanding money.
Since there’s something like LINE,
I’ll say it in a loud, clear voice,
So everyone in the world, lend your ears and please listen clo~sely.
“I’m not having so much trouble with women
That I would have to tie up that detestable woman
And forcibly satisfy my desire!!!!!”
Do I look like that kind of scumbag?
I’ll refine my manliness a little more.
What’s with all this uproar?
This time I’ve decided to counterattack with three excellent lawyers.
I’m annoyed this time, as you’d expect.
If I’m going to be treated like a brute for my patience…
It’s really annoying.
I’ve written the detailed truth in my blog so please read it.
I’ve also exhibited to the public part of my lawyers’ reply letter.
All this is just too ridiculous…
Well then, I’m off to do my live risking my life again today.
Source: GACKT’s Official LINE, OHP
Translation: Ku, vii-vii
(Note: If you have any comments, please make sure to keep it civil!)
Oh, the drama!
We only recently introduced Xrista, ex-OROCHI Yukimura’s (now Lyo) band, yet it seem there already is trouble! After performing less than a handful of lives, Xrista members announced on their Ameblo blogs yesterday that they have booted vocalist Hyuga from the band for various incidents such as money ‘borrowing’, missing rehearsals, and most importantly not showing up for their March 3rd live.
They have put the following post up as explanation.
An important notice from Xrista
At Xrista’s March 3 live, we suddenly had to perform without a vocalist when we received information that our vocalist Hyuga had been in an accident that very day.
However, today we learned that the information we received from vocalist Hyuga’s agent concerning the accident was proven to be false.
Even from before, there was a problem regarding vocalist Hyuga’s typical behavior.
For the sake of Xrista’s formation, the members sympathized with and supported his decision to change his behavior, but he frequently would be absent from the studio without notice, and because of money problems he repeatedly built up debt with the members of Xrista.
On each of these occasions, we strongly cautioned vocalist Hyuga, and he himself also showed intentions of changing.
However, because of the above-mentioned actions, as well as the falsified information regarding the March 3 live,
we have concluded that vocalist Hyuga has not changed at all, and as of today (March 5) vocalist Hyuga has officially been dismissed.
We would like to express our deepest apologies to all the fans that supported Xrista’s Hyuga, as well as to all the staff concerned.
Also, at our live at Ikebukuro EDGE on April 15th, we will continue moving forward with a new vocalist.
Xrista will continue activities from now on, so please lend us your support.
Translated by Elena
Thankfully, it seemed the band is ready to move forward with a new vocalist. Information hasn’t been released on who this new person will be, but when we find out so will you!
If you’re interested in seeing then with their new line up, make sure to see them perform at Ikebukuro EDGE on 4/15!
In the past twelve or so hours, GACKT has been all over the tabloid news due to the secrets revealed when being investigated by the tax bureau.
The following is a translation of the article found on Shukan Bunshun.
A Compulsory National Tax Investigation Finds GACKT’s Lover and Illegitimate Child!
The multi-talented former vocalist of the visual kei band, Malice Mizer, who has since gone solo, and appeared in an NHK historical drama as Uesugi Kenshin, has never revealed his true profile, and with a mysterious aura around him, is a celebrity in the world of show business.
Due to ambiguity in GACKT’s accumulated fortune, the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau was obligated to open an investigation into his finances. When they did, it became evident that GACKT has a mistress and an illegitimate child overseas.
On August 28th, officials from the taxation bureau, wearing in white dress shirts and dark suits, gathered in front of the four storey building, close to Tokyo’s Setagaya ward. The inspection officers entered the apartment, which is known for being the head office for GACKT’s entertainment business, Gordie Holdings, as well as his and his family’s home.
A friend of GACKT’s stated, “The officers not only did a complete investigation of the company, but also of GACKT’s home, and even confiscated his cell phone. Every year GACKT pays an additional tax of 120,000,000 yen to avoid these types of investigations, and therefore as expected, he is extremely shocked about the inspection”.
While collecting information about GACKT’s financial flow, we’ve also come to understand the flow of money being used for his overseas lover.
Another friend said, “About ten years ago, he was in a relationship with an assistant girl who worked on the TBS-kei show, “Wonderful”, but when knowledge of her pregnancy came into light, he demanded that she “leave Japan”, and that he “did not acknowledge the child”. Instead, he has taken care of them by setting both the girlfriend and child up in a high class condominium in Canada”.
[Shukan Bunshun] has sent a data collection crew to Canada, and has confirmed that the girlfriend does exist.
Due to being investigated by Japan’s strongest investigation team, the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau, GACKT’s veil of secrecy is being pulled away.
An article from NPN.co.jp adds the following information (please note that this is not a full translation of the article, and that information that’s the same as mentioned in the above article has therefore been removed):
The investigation started in the early morning, and lasted for a long period of time, and along with his cell phone, the officers also confiscated his account book and computer.
The investigation started when the tax office realised that he had been evading taxes, and collecting “black money”.
A reporter stated, “On TV, GACKT has said things such as he “spends more than 800,000 yen on his phone bill every month”, and that he doesn’t use common sense or really think about things such as the “expenses” that come from daily life. He’s also made the mistake of mentioning ramen restaurants, and resorts that he has personally been involved in, but where the investment money came from seems to be a mystery”.
Later in the same article they also added a little more about the “mistress”.
The girl [that GACKT was involved with from the TBS show] was pregnant, but if it was exposed to the fans that GACKT was a man with a wife and kids, it would ruin his image, and worrying about the girl, it was decided that she would be taken care of with a life overseas, and that GACKT would not acknowledge the child.
The woman and child are currently living together in Vancouver, and are living in an apartment that costs a “trivial” 400,000 yen a month in rent.
From October, GACKT was scheduled to appear as a regular guest on Kitagawa Keiko’s Nippon TV drama, “Akumachan”, but we are now waiting to see what kind of influence the scandal will have.
According to another article on Innolife.net, GACKT’s comment about the scandal has been, “It’s my private life, and therefore I’m not able to reply”.
Please note that all the above translations have been done by Shattered-Tranquility.net, but are translations only. They may not be reposted elsewhere without express permission from the staff.
Source: vsoku, Shukan Bunshun, NPN.co.jp, Innolife.net,