However, Taki was arrested last night, and a urine test turned up positive results for cocaine. Investigators were first tipped off about the actor's drug use over a year ago, and are now searching his phone to learn more about the extent of his drug use.
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.
"The arrest of Pierre Taki, who is featured in our company's title Judge Eyes, is something we find deeply regrettable".
In a press release, Sega said, "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".
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Japanese game company Sega has cancelled shipments of a gangster video game after one of the actors in it was arrested on drug charges.
The 51-year-old actor, whose real name is Masanori Taki, is reported to have admitted using a small quantity of cocaine in Tokyo, according to the Japan Times. It's not known if the suspension will affect the overseas release of the game, which was scheduled for June 25. Assuming Sega takes a similar approach for Judgment's future, it will likely mean some significant delays. Newsweek has reached out to Sega for comment, but has yet to recieve as reply.
The reason behind this sudden decision is the fact that Pierre Taki, whose voice and likeness are used in the game as character Kyohei Hamura, was arrested as a suspect for the usage or possession of drugs.
Taki also performs the voice of Olaf in Frozen and in Kingdom Hearts III, and is a member of revered electro duo Denki Groove; there's no word yet on whether those other projects will be affected.