Sega Japan has pulled all copies of Judgment (Judge Eyes in Japan) from digital and physical store shelves after allegations of cocaine possession were aimed at Pierre Taki, an actor who plays Kyohei Hamura in the game.
51-year-old Taki was allegedly arrested with a small amount of cocaine in his possession and could face up to seven years jail time.
Sega Japan has issued a statement on the matter, which is translated from its original Japanese, saying:
“We believe that the arrest of Mr. Pierre, who is a performer of our product JUDGE EYES: The Testament of the Grim Reaper, is highly regrettable.
“We have received arrest reports and are currently confirming the facts, but for the time being we have decided to refrain from shipping and DL sales of the product and posting of product HP etc. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and related parties.
“We will notify you of future responses as soon as we determine.”
Sega has now stopped promoting the game, has deleted all tweets from its official Twitter account regarding Judgment, and pulled the official website down. At this point, it’s unclear whether this “drugs scandal”, as it’s bizarrely been referred to, will affect Judgment’s recently announced June 25th launch in the West.
I don’t think I’ve seen anything much madder than removing a product entirely from sale because one of the actors got caught sniffing a few lines of coke. If all products were treated like this there’d barely be anything on shelves. It feels entirely disproportional and totally irrelevant to the validity of the product itself.
In addition to Judgment, Taki also voices Olaf in the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts 3. Disney Japan has issued a statement saying it will be replacing his dubbing with a future update.