Osaka Man Accused Of Sending Messages To Late Stardom Wrestler Prior To Death
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department plan to file charges against an Osaka man, accused of sending hateful messages to Hana Kimura prior to her death.
According to Asahi Digital, investigators accuse a man in his 20s of sending several messages to Kimura via Twitter such as “Is there any value to your life?” and “When are you going to die?”. These messages were sent up until her death on May 23. The accused has since apologized to her family via email.
Following Kimura’s death, hundreds posts containing defamatory comments against the wrestling and reality tv star were deleted. Images of the posts were captured by her family, and forwarded to police, and used in the investigation. Nearly 1200 posts from 600 accounts were are being investigated.
Kimura had been at the receiving end of online bullying, following an episode of Japanese reality show Terrace House last October.
During the episode, she had a confrontation with a male housemate after he ruined the outfit she wore at the dark match prior to Wrestle Kingdom 14.
According to investigators, Kimura left a handwritten note for her family and friends, which was found following her death.
Her family lodged a complaint with the Broadcast Ethics Organization, which began an investigation in September. The complaint states, Terrace House depicted her as an “aggressive women”.
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