Figure Skating - Japan ex-champ blames booze for sex harassment scandal

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Figure Skating - Japan ex-champ blames booze for sex harassment scandal
(FILES) This combination of file pictures taken on November 9, 2013 (R) and August 14, 2012 (L) shows Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi (R) and Japan's skating federation chairman and a parliament member Seiko Hashimoto (L). A sexual harassment scandal was gripping Japan's skating world after pictures emerged of the young heartthrob Olympian in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport. However, Takahashi on August 22, 2014 denied being the victim of sexual harassment, local media reported on Friday. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Toru YAMANAKA / Kazuhiro NOGI (AFP Photo/TORU YAMANAKA/KAZUHIRO NOGI)

- Japanese figure-skating heartthrob Daisuke Takahashi has denied being the victim of sexual harassment as a scandal raged over magazine photos of him in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport, local media reported on Friday.

Snapshots, purportedly taken at a booze-fuelled party held after the Winter Olympics, emerged earlier this week showing skater-turned-politician Seiko Hashimoto hugging and kissing Takahashi.

"We'd drunk alcohol and overdid the frolicks. I regret it but I don't think for one moment it was power harassment or sexual harassment," the 28-year-old Takahashi told Japan's Nikkan Sports, in his first public comments since the storm broke.


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