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Japan's 'prince on ice' blames booze for sex harassment scandal

Published on Aug 22, 2014 1:43 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese figure-skating heartthrob Daisuke Takahashi has denied being the victim of sexual harassment as a scandal raged over magazine photos of him in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport, local media reported Friday.

Snapshots, purportedly taken at a booze-fuelled party held after the Winter Olympics, emerged earlier this week showing skater-turned-politician Seiko Hashimoto hugging and kissing Takahashi.

"It was a case of two adults getting a little out of control," the 28-year-old Takahashi told Japan's Nikkan Sports, in his first public comments since the storm broke.

"We'd drunk alcohol and overdid the frolicks. I regret it but I don't think for one moment it was power harassment or sexual harassment."

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