“Claiming 550 million yen from Bunshun,” the “impact” of the strategy of “adding compensation for absence from work” in the defamation trial of Hitoshi Matsumoto. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

“Claiming 550 million yen from Bunshun,” the “impact” of the strategy of “adding compensation for absence from work” in the defamation trial of Hitoshi Matsumoto.

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Matsumoto Hitoshi reveals that he will be claiming rest damages.

Downtown’s Hitoshi Matsumoto, who filed a lawsuit against Shukan Bunshun magazine for damages of approximately 550 million yen for defamation in response to a report alleging forced sexual intercourse, revealed at a trial held in early June that Matsumoto will be filing a new claim for damages for absence from work.

Matsumoto’s attorney revealed that he also plans to claim for damages for absence from work, saying, “The current amount (about 5.5 billion yen) is the same as the damages for absence from work.

“It may exceed the current amount (approximately 550 million yen),” he said.

The amount of the claim may be increased.

Although the company is claiming approximately 550 million yen in damages, most libel suits result in compensation orders ranging from a few million yen to 10 million yen, even if the defendant wins the case, and some have pointed out that the amount claimed is “far from reality. Therefore, it is assumed that the company decided to add the loss from absence from work in order to reinforce its courtroom tactics.

However, in January of this year, Yoshimoto Kogyo Co.

Yoshimoto Kogyo, the company to which Matsumoto belongs, stated, “We want to focus on the trial, confronting the various articles.”

Matsumoto himself announced on the same day that he himself had decided to suspend his activities. On the same day, Matsumoto himself announced on X (formerly Twitter)

I will fight against it because it has no basis in fact.

I will fight it,” and declared that he would fight it in court.

From the circumstances, the absence from work must have been his “strong will”. The new policy of claiming compensation for absence from work since she took it of her own volition is questionable.

It is conceivable that he may claim that he was forced to take a leave of absence to concentrate on the trial because of the article in Shukan Bunshun, but in any case, it will be interesting to see how Matsumoto’s side calculates the loss from absence and newly claims a specific amount, and how the court will decide.

On the other hand, the Bunshun side

The article reported the fact that the plaintiff, a top entertainment executive, had engaged in sexual acts with multiple women without their consent.

“The article was true and intended to serve the public interest.

The article was truthful and intended to serve the public interest. As for Matsumoto’s request to identify the identity of the women who have claimed victimization, he said, “They have been victimized on social networking sites.

Matsumoto’s demand for identification of the women who have claimed victimization was met with a response such as, “We have been victimized through SNS. It is possible to determine the facts without identifying the victim.

The two sides are now engaged in an all-out confrontation. The case is now going forward without identifying the identity of the victim.

In defamation trials, the “public nature, public interest, veracity, and truthfulness” of an article are disputed, which determines whether or not damages and lost time injuries will be incurred. Since the subject matter of the article is sexual assault, it is expected to clear the public nature and public interest.

The key point is the “truthfulness and truthfulness equivalent” of the article on sexual coercion. If these are recognized, Matsumoto’s claims for damages and lost time are likely to be dismissed.

Conversely, if the truthfulness and truthfulness of the article is not recognized and the article is deemed defamatory, the Bunshun side will be ordered to pay a certain amount of damages. In addition, a new claim for compensation for lost work time may also be approved.

In her exclusive memoir in the April 4 issue of Bunshun Weekly, Ms. Ako reiterates that the sexual assaults were “all true. In her exclusive memoir in the April 4 issue of Shukan Bunshun, Ms. Ako reiterates that the sexual assaults are “all true.

She complained that the Internet was full of abusive language against her and other accusers, such as “money-grubbing” and “falsehoods,” but she also said, “Even so, I will never lose. He also said, “Even so, I will never lose,” and “I will stand on the witness stand as many times as I have to.

The next trial is scheduled to be held on August 4.

It will be interesting to see what kind of arguments and evidence both sides will submit, and how the court will judge the two sides’ claims, which are in direct conflict over whether or not sexual coercion occurred. ……

  • WRITER Ryo Sakamoto (Writer, former head of the Culture and Society Department of Tokyo Sports Newspaper)

    Currently writes articles on entertainment, movies, Hollywood information, etc. for the web magazine "PlusαToday". Member of the Japan Film Pen Club

  • PHOTO Yasuko Sakaguchi

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