According to a number of reporters, Hirokazu Sawamura has sent letters of protest to both Shukan Bunshun and Shukan Shincho for publishing articles based on false information that damaged both his name, and the name of others involved. He is requesting corrections and apologies.
Shukan Bunshun published an article that claimed there were suspicions of Sawamura and his ex-wife Maki Mori being involved with other people. Shunkan Shincho hinted that something happened when Mori showed up in public last fall with a bruise on her face after the two allegedly had a big fight about Sawamura not being able to quit enjoying the nightlife.
The Yomiuri PR department prepared the following statement for the media:
The recently published articles were written without enough research and based on false information. It was a vicious attack on the names of everyone involved, including Sawamura. We request that both publications deal with this in good faith.