Popular theater actor, Saotome Taichi (20), held a press conference on May 15th regarding the recent allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend, model/actress Nishiyama Maki (26), late at night on the 11th outside of his apartment.
The weekly magazine, Josei Jishin, reported that the couple had spent the evening out on a bowling date in Odaiba and when they came home, had a heated argument around 1AM. Nishiyama rushed out of the apartment and was trying to hail a taxi when things apparently got physical. Saotome grabbed her with excessive force and tried to keep her from leaving. A tussle ensued as Nishiyama tried to break away from him. Saotome was heard saying in a raised voice, "I just want to be with you!" to which Nishiyama replied, "You are always like this. It's already over between us."
During the press conference held after his performance at Meiji theater, Saotome apologized for the incident and for worrying everyone. The couple had talked things over calmly after the fight and have reconciled. He admitted that things got out of hand, especially since the two of them had been drinking that night. As for the magazine's claims of DV (domestic violence), Saotome firmly said that there wasn't any incident of hitting, slapping or forcibly flinging her down on the street.
Saotome also disclosed that they have been living together in his apartment for sometime now. When asked about the possibility of marriage, he replied that their relationship has not reached that stage yet and he hopes that they can grow together as a couple first.
Two days before the press conference, Saotome had taken to his blog to explain to his fans what had happened:
The other day,
My girlfriend and I had a huge fight.
Now this matter will appear in a weekly magazine.
In our first big fight,
Because I used my strength to restrain her
In our scuffle,
I have failed as a person, as a man.
Afterwards, she and I had a calm discussion.
In reflecting on the matter and promising,
I will never do such a thing in my life again.
I believe that we still want to walk this path together.
To everyone who has supported me,
To everyone who has supported her,
I am truly sorry
For causing you so much worry.
I am sincerely sorry
For causing all this trouble.
One day before the press conference, Nishiyama posted a blog entry:
Tomorrow, an article about the fight between my boyfriend and I will be published in a weekly magazine.
Our hasty actions were the result of two people who lacked awareness of our surroundings.
For disturbing everyone, I am sorry.
I don't know what is going to be reported (by the magazine).
He has written what (actually) happened on his blog.
I think there will be many different views on what happened.
But the one view I worry about, is how everyone will be inconvenienced by this.
For that, I would like to apologize.
I'm really sorry.
Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Tachi's blog, Maki's blog
IDK how I feel about this since it seems kind of staged and straight out of a drama. But this couple needs to learn that violence is not the answer and if you're going to have a fight about breaking up, stay at home...
[EDIT]: I just wanted to emphasize that he DID NOT hit her even though the magazine tried to hint that. From the pictures (in Source 2), it looks like he grabbed her (that was the excessive force part) and she tried to pull away.