Japanese musician Pierre Taki pleads guilty to using cocaine

Pierre Taki, actor and member of Japanese techno-pop duo Denki Groove, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to consuming cocaine as his trial began in Tokyo District Court.

During the hearing, prosecutors requested an 18-month prison sentence for Taki, who admitted he started using cocaine in his twenties and continues to use it to relieve the stress in his life. busy professional.

The trial ended on Wednesday and the court is due to render a decision on June 18. His defense team asked for a suspended sentence.

“There is no mistake” in the indictment, Taki, wearing a black suit, said in the courtroom filled with reporters and other people.

“I didn’t have a strong enough mind (to resist the urge to use the drug). I apologize for causing problems for a lot of people,” the 52-year-old said, whose real name is Masanori Taki. “I’ll keep my hands off the drugs.”

According to the indictment, Taki inhaled a small amount of cocaine in an apartment, not his home, in Tokyo around March 12. He was released after posting bail of 4 million yen ($ 35,900) on April 4 after being charged.

His arrest took its toll on the entertainment industry in Japan, which has seen several recent drug-related arrests.

Taki is also known as the Japanese voice of Snowman Olaf in the hit Disney animated film “Frozen” and has appeared in numerous films and dramas. His group Denki Groove has performed several times abroad at music and dance festivals.

Sony Music Artists Inc. terminated its management contract with Taki following his arrest.

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