Seiya Shimobori Akiyoshi tells the inside story of the “Zoom Sexual Harassment Riots
Suing Bungeishunju for defamation Appearing in Tokyo District Court in a black suit, Seiya expressed his frustration, saying, "I thought I was going out with this girl.
“I thought I had a really fun online drinking session. She was eating okaki, so I asked her to ‘try it yarashii,’ and she got on with it and ate it.”
On April 18, Seiya, 29, of “Shimobori Meisei,” appeared in courtroom 103 of the Tokyo District Court wearing a black suit and a striped blue tie. On that day, Seiya appeared as a witness at the trial of a lawsuit against Bungeishunju for damages. Seiya looked around the courtroom and bowed to the judges with a nervous look, saying, “I look forward to working with you.
At issue in this trial is an article published by Bunshun Online on June 18, ’20. In the article, Seiya held an online drinking party using “Zoom” with a married woman, Ako, in May ’20 during the period of self-restraint. It reported that he sexually harassed her there.
Seiya asked her, “What is your favorite position? Seiya asked her, “What is your favorite position? After that, he showed her a close-up of his own private parts, and when he began to masturbate, he showed her how he ejaculated. These details were reported along with pictures of “Seiya masturbating” and others.
In response, Yoshimoto Kogyo, to which he belongs, lodged a fierce protest with Bungeishunju. Yoshimoto Kogyo filed a provisional injunction with the Tokyo District Court demanding that Bungeishunju delete the article.
After Yoshimoto filed the motion, Bungeishun Online stopped publishing the article on October 18. However, on October 21, Seiya filed a lawsuit against Bungeishunju, claiming that the article constituted an invasion of her privacy and defamation, and demanding compensation for damages and the publication of an apology ad.
Then, on April 18, at 2:10 p.m., Seiya and Seiya’s manager were examined as witnesses. Seiya was nervous at first, but as the trial progressed, he seemed to relax and gradually began to deliver an impassioned speech.
About a year before the incident, I received a message from Ako on my Instagram DM. At the time, I had already broken up with my girlfriend, and I couldn’t go out for fun during the period of self-restraint, so I replied, hoping to meet someone new on social networking sites.
According to Seiya, both men saw each other as potential romantic partners. Seiya claims that as they talked over drinks, their conversation escalated.
Seiya says that the conversation escalated as they talked over drinks, and Seiya claims that the conversation escalated. I asked her if she had big boobs, and she unbuttoned her loungewear and showed me her boobs. I thought that if she was willing to do that, it would be good manners for me to show my tits as well, so I took out my cock as well. She was so happy that she took a picture of it and said, “She’s so happy that I want to put my cock in her data folder! And I was really happy too.
That was the image of Seiya masturbating that was published on Bunshun Online. Seiya’s testimony continues.
Ako also showed me her masturbation. She also showed me the part where her mother’s milk comes out, saying, ‘I have mother’s milk. （The part about ejaculating during an online drinking session with her (as described in the article) is true. I usually don’t do that, but I ejaculated twice in one session. We both said to each other, “This is the best memory of our online drinking session! and we ended the online drinking session peacefully. I knew I was going to go out with this girl.
At the end of her testimony, Seiya expressed her frustration, saying that her sister’s marriage did not go as planned and that some of her work had to be cancelled because of the article.
It was 10:00 pm that night. We asked Seiya about her current state of mind as she headed out for shopping in the rain.
–How do you feel now that you’ve finished your witness interview?
Seiya said, “I was told not to talk anymore. I was told I was talking too much.”
–Did you mean that you were warned by the company and your lawyer?
I said to myself, “I won’t talk anymore at ……!
As he was leaving, he turned around and said, “Photographer! Don’t catch a cold! and walked away.
The next trial is scheduled for early June. Bunshun will be questioned as a witness. What will happen to the unprecedented “lower body scandal”?
From the May 6 and 13, 2022 issues of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Ippei Hara