Ikumi Yoshimatsu, the winner of last year’s Miss International pageant, is filing charges against a talent agent that she claims has stalked and threatened her. On her official Facebook page, Yoshimatsu revealed that she was handing over the Miss International crown to the runner-up in the competition as has been unable to fulfill her duties allegedly because of this man’s harassment and intimidation.
“Harassment and intimidation from one man has deprived me of the role of Miss International,” she wrote. “I have had to fight back tears of mortification.” According to her, the man is “the executive of a top talent agency and an influential figure in the media and entertainment industries.” She said that this person “has stalked me for the past year – harassing me, intimidating me, threatening me and obstructing my business.” This top executive has even threatened the organizers of the Miss International pageant, she said. “We have tried to endure this situation patiently, but the acts have escalated,” she wrote.
Although Yoshimatsu did not name the man she had accused in the post, but last week the international beauty pageant winner had filed criminal and civil charges against Genichi Taniguchi, a promoter linked with Burning Productions – one of the most powerful and influential entertainment agencies in Japan. She has accused him of attempting to ruin her career. On December 30 last year, Taniguchi allegedly appeared on a set where Yoshimatsu had been shooting and began shouting accusations, claiming that her international agent did not represent Yoshimatsu and insisting that the two owed him money. At one point, video footage shows Taniguchi grabbing Yoshimatsu by the arm and trying to drag her out of the studio. “I can no longer afford to go out alone as I fear I will be killed by someone,” Yoshimatsu wrote on her Facebook page. “Fortunately, I now have security 24 hours a day – but other women who face the same stalking problem as me have no such security.”