Content Warning: The beneath article makes references to sexual assault and harassment.

Himizu Director Sion Sono Posts Statement After Sexual Assault, Harassment Allegations SurfaceDirector Sion Sono posted an announcement dated April 5 on the official website online for his Sion Production agency, after the website online for the Japanese leisure and gossip journal Shūkan Josei printed an article on April 4 that featured anonymous actresses who accused Sono of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Sono apologized for inflicting problem to those concerned and to those who have seen his works. He moreover stated he would re-examine his conduct after having “a lack of awareness as a film director and a lack of consideration for the people around” him. Sono then claimed that Shūkan Josei’s article had “many factual inaccuracies,” and he stated he intends to “take appropriate measures through an attorney.”

The Shūkan Josei article quoted an anonymous film distributor govt who claimed that Sono tells actresses that he’ll give them work in the event that they’ve intercourse with him, and that he makes use of his place to coerce women into having intercourse with him. The article included quotes from an anonymous actress who claimed this occurred to her. The article moreover quoted an anonymous actress who claimed she heard Sono discuss making sexual advances in the direction of actresses working with him, and quoted actresses who claimed Sono sexually assaulted them or acted in a sexually inappropriate technique spherical them.

The Shūkan Josei article stated its workers contacted Sono on the end of March by cellphone to ask him regarding the allegations, and that Sono denied the allegations.

Before Shūkan Josei printed its article, the Actors Vision workshop launched on March 27 that it had canceled a workshop that features Sono, and actor Yuki Matsuzaki posted allegations on Twitter later that day that anyone he knew who attended a earlier workshop with Sono and his followers was harassed at that workshop.

Matsuzaki then requested anyone who knew about any sexual assault, sexual harassment, or vitality harassment allegations in opposition to Sono to contact a reporter for the Shūkan Josei journal by means of piece of email.

Sono made his debut as a director in 1985, and is known for films equal to Love Exposure and The Whispering Star. He has directed quite a few live-action films primarily based totally on manga, along with Suicide Club, Tokyo Tribe, Shinjuku Swan, All Esper Dayo!, and the award-winning Himizu film. Sono was one in every of plenty of Japanese creators invited to hitch the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018.

In 2019, Sono was hospitalized after a coronary coronary heart assault and underwent surgical process after which restoration. Sono most simply these days directed his first English-language film Prisoners of the Ghostland, which debuted ultimate 12 months.

The accusations in opposition to Sono observe totally different newest sexual abuse allegations inside the Japanese leisure enterprise in opposition to director Hideo Sakaki and actor Houka Kinoshita.

Directors equal to Hirokazu Kore-eda, Koji Fukuda, Miwa Nishikawa, and additional have signed a petition to particular their outrage about sexual abuse inside the enterprise, and calling for acts of sexual abuse inside the enterprise to stop.

Image by means of Sion Production cache

Sources: Actors Vision’s Twitter account, Yuki Matsuzaki’s Twitter account (link 2), Excite News, Shūkan Josei Prime, Variety (Mark Schilling, Patrick Frater), The Hollywood Reporter (Gavin Blair), Sion Production, The Mainichi (link 2)