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Sega halts sales of new Yakuza game after voice actor’s drug arrest

Sega announced today that it’s suspending sales of its new Yakuza spinoff, Judgment, in Japan after one of the game’s voice actors was arrested for suspicion of drug use. The game has been pulled from digital stores, and Sega said it has halted shipments of the physical version of Judgment, which is known as Judge Eyes in Japan.

According to a report from The Japan Times, actor and musician Pierre Taki was arrested on suspicion of cocaine use after police received tips about his drug use. Taki reportedly tested positive for cocaine based on a urine sample test. Possession or use of cocaine carries a prison sentence of up to seven years in Japan.

Taki performed the voice and provided facial capture for a character named Kyohei Hamura in Judgment. In the game, Hamura is captain of the Matsugane family, a subsidiary of the Tojo Clan. According to the character’s official bio, Hamura is “heavily involved with [protagonist Takayuki] Yagami throughout the serial murder case.”

In addition to roles for film and television, Taki also voices the character Olaf in the Frozen movies in Japan. Taki voiced the character in the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts 3.

Judge Eyes was released in Japan on Dec. 13, 2018. Judgment is scheduled to hit PlayStation 4 on June 25 in North America. We’ve reached out to Sega for an update on the game’s Western release, and if Sega of Japan’s decision to stop selling the game will impact Judgment’s launch date.

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