Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Sega pulls 'Judgement' sales following voice actor's cocaine arrest

Sega pulls 'Judgement' sales following voice actor's cocaine arrest

After a tip from Fuji TV, narcotics officers search Taki's home and auto. However, Taki was arrested last night, and a urine test turned up positive results for cocaine.

As well as halting shipments and digital sales, Sega has said it will delete tweets relating to the game.

In a statement from Sega, the company says it received information regarding the arrest of Taki, and are now confirming the facts. According to the Japan Times, Taki was arrested in Tokyo on Tuesday and admitted to using a "small quantity of cocaine" earlier in the week.

We believe that the arrest of Mr. Pierre, who is a performer of our product JUDGE EYES: The Testament of the Grim Reaper, is highly regrettable. Judgment was released in Japan back in December 2018. An official news release from Sega, translated by Gematsu, states, "Sega has received the arrest reports and are now confirming the facts, but for the time being, we will voluntarily refrain from shipments and digital sales of [Judgment], as well as from things like posting on the product's homepage. We apologize for any trouble this causes our customers or other concerned parties".

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Taki-san plays the role of Yakuza officer Kyohei Hamura in Judgment, and you can read a description below from the game's official western website.

This isn't the first time Sega has taken a strong stance against drug use by its employees. Americans and Europeans aren't as scandalized by drug use, so could the game's upcoming release still happen?

It should be noted that when Sega re-released Yakuza 4 for PlayStation 4 in Japan this January, Masayoshi Tanimura (one of the game's four playable protagonists) was recast to be played by Toshiki Masuda due to original actor Hiroki Narimiya retiring in 2016 following allegations of cocaine abuse. With latest developments, it is unclear if Sega will delay the worldwide launch. According to Asahi News, Disney plans to replace Taki as Olaf in Frozen 2.

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