Echoes of support from fans can be heard in the video as Yamaguchi states that she wanted to hide the act through her recent actions. She also said that she already spoke to NGT48’s management and hopes to take the group in a new direction.
(cont) fans: You did nothing wrong~! Maho: I had an opportunity to talk with AKS staff. i hope this (incident) would be a chance to let NGT48 take a new direction, and i will take effort as teamG captain for that. plz keep on supporting NGT48.
According to the artist, she was attacked by two men on the evening of December 8 as she was about to enter her home in Niigata.
The men, who are both 25-year-old university students, grabbed the idol’s face as they tried to force entry into her home. Police immediately came to her aid before the men could enter Yamaguchi’s home. In the end, no charges were pressed against the men and they were released.
“We wanted to talk with Ms. Yamaguchi, and we didn’t think it would be such a big deal,” the men said. The men were later released by the authorities and received no charges.
The idol only started talking about what happened a month after the attack. SoraNews24 reported that she dropped hints during a live stream on Showroom. Fans believed in her livestream that she implied the attackers got her address from members of her group. She went on to say, “Even though our management said they would clean up NGT48, and even though I’ve been waiting for a month, they haven’t dealt with the situation at all.”
Yamaguchi Maho’s SHOWROOM, full translation #山口真帆#NGT48
I think this hits home for me not b/c it’s the 48G, but b/c the type of serious idol she describes is Sakura, someone who has fun but is diligent about her responsibilities. Thank God HKT has good managers & no snakes pic.twitter.com/8SOQukFiGq
The management, however, denied the suspicion that a member gave out Yamaguchi’s address to the two men and have also been relatively silent on the matter, Kotaku reported. Fans have since supported the idol and her apology for her own assault.
Maho: I’m really sorry for causing trouble on this occasion. fans: no, you’re right~ Maho: as I told you before (through Showroom and twitter), there’s smt that I want to protect, but it ended up causing troubles to also those who have taken care of me. I’m truly sorry about that