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Former J-Pop idol accuses late music mogul of widespread sex abuse

Kauan Okamoto says Johnny Kitagawa possibly assaulted over 100 trainee idols

Former junior idol Kauan Okamoto speaks in Tokyo on April 12.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A former trainee idol with Japan's largest talent agency, Johnny & Associates, alleged Wednesday he was repeatedly sexually abused by Johnny Kitagawa, the agency's founder, who died in 2019.

Kauan Okamoto, a 26-year-old Brazilian-Japanese singer, said that Kitagawa abused him "between 15 and 20 times" from 2012 to 2016, after he joined the mogul's agency at age 15. Okamoto told a news conference he was aware of at least 100 boys having stayed in Kitagawa's Tokyo apartment, where the alleged abuse took place, over the course of his four years with the agency.

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