Former gravure idol does strip show in defiance of court order
Minako Komukai (shown in the old commercial above), a former gravure idol who was in the news last year after giving a post-retirement interview in which she claimed that it was common for girls in the industry to be pressured into prostitution, has become a stripper.
Her post-idol life has pretty much been a disaster, supposedly involving quite a lot of drug use. After her ex-boyfriend told police she had used stimulants with him, she was arrested and a court gave her a suspended sentence after she confessed and displayed remorse for her crime. To earn a living, she has become a stripper and gave her first show a couple days ago at the Asakusa Rockza theater.
Here’s a news report about what happened (in Japanese):
After she had announced her intention to give a strip show, her former talent agency, which still profits from the sales of her gravure idol products, took her to court and demanded that she not be allowed to work as a stripper. They claimed that Minako had agreed that she would not pose for nude photos or make porn movies when they made her retire last year, and that the strip show represented a breech of this agreement. The court ruled in their favor, ordering her not to strip. However, she ignored the court order and did the strip show.
Hundreds of men lined up in front of the theater on Friday morning in anticipation of her first appearance on stage. For some reason, the first show of the day was canceled. Not long after representatives of the theater told the press that there would be no other shows, they reversed their decision and she went on stage that evening. Fans say that the show, in which she appeared topless, was great. On Saturday, she appeared in all four scheduled strip shows.
No news yet on what legal action the talent agency will take in response, but it seems likely that they will demand some sort of financial compensation.
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