Sega pulls 'Judgement' sales following voice actor's cocaine arrest

Sega halts Judgment shipments and digital sales in Japan following actor Pierre Taki's arrest [Update]

We previously reported that Sega is putting a pause on Judgment's sales following the arrest of voice actor Pierre Taki, and his trouble with snow is carrying over to Kingdom Hearts III as Square Enix announced that it will be changing the voice of Olaf from Frozen, who he voiced in Japan.

The Mainichi News reports that 51-year-old Taki confessed to using a small amount of cocaine, and police are now searching for further evidence.

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"Sega has received the arrest reports and are now confirming the facts, but for the time being, we will voluntarily refrain from shipments and digital sales of [Judgment], as well as from things like posting the product's homepage". No drugs were found, but the actor's urine later tested positive for cocaine.

Update 1:34 a.m.: The Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki reported on Twitter that Sega is now discussing its course of action regarding the western release of Judgment, and that a decision has not yet been made.

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In a tweet, Sega added its tweets related to Judgment have also been deleted.

Taki-san plays the role of Yakuza officer Kyohei Hamura in Judgment, and you can read a description below from the game's official western website. It said it was still studying what further action to take on the game. The investigators were acting on information that the 51-year-old Taki (legal name Masanori Taki) was using cocaine. All this fuss may seem a bit overblown to Western eyes, particularly given Taki is playing a mob boss in a video game for adults, but Japan has a very stringent anti-drug culture and accompanying laws. The game is scheduled to arrive in America and Europe this June on PS4, but there is no word yet if that's still the plan given the controversy surrounding Taki. Narimiya retired from the industry shortly after these allegations cropped up, and his likeness and voice were erased from the new version of Yakuza 4, which delayed the game's release in Japan by three months (it's yet to be released over here).

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