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Arts Vision Releases Statement about Chairman's Arrest

posted on 2007-05-30 03:56 EDT
Follow-Up: Apology issued to fans as Arts Vision seeks legal counsel

The official site of Japanese talent management company Arts Vision went offline Monday when it was announced that company founder and chairman Sakumi Matsuda was being prosecuted for an alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl auditioning to be an anime voice actress. The company's website was back online Tuesday with brief message from an unknown company representative. The message reads as follows:

In light of news reports from May 28 regarding the prosecution of our company's representative chairman Sakumi Matsuda, we sincerely apologize to the fans and parties involved for any trouble that this incident has caused.

We would also like to apologize for not reporting this issue sooner, as we were conducting an internal investigation to determine the facts surrounding the case.

After consulting with our lawyers, we hope that we will be able to issue another correspondence.

When a decision is reached on how to proceed, we will make another announcement.

We apologize for causing so much trouble, and look forward to your continued support.

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