Maeda Koki (former Johnny’s Jr & 7 MEN Samurai member) recently gave an interview to Arama! Japan, and while most of it was as vanilla as you’d expect, one section in particular addressing the allegations against Johnny Kitagawa was surprising.
The full interview is here, though the section making the round comes when he essentially confirms that Johnny was a predator on young boys.
If you notice you can’t find it in the interview now, well that’s because it was edited, likely because somebody told him you’re not supposed to be honest or something.
NOTE: Since its publication, this interview has been edited upon request.
Anyway, I’m not sure how much of a surprise this is to anybody given that it’s essentially been common knowledge not only in the industry but with fans as well. However, having a former member of the company confirm it so openly was shocking.