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'Sex harassment' scandal rocks skating in Japan

Published on Aug 20, 2014 5:55 PM
Japan's skating world has been rocked by a sexual harassment scandal involving skater-turned politician Seiko Hashimoto (left) and hearthrob Olympian Daisuke Takahashi. -- PHOTOS: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, DAISUKE TAKAHASHI FAN PAGE/FACEBOOK

TOKYO (AFP) - A sexual harassment scandal was gripping Japan's skating world Wednesday after pictures emerged of a young heartthrob Olympian in the arms of the 49-year-old boss of his sport.

Snapshots purportedly taken at a party held after the Winter Olympics closed in Sochi show skater-turned-politician Seiko Hashimoto hugging and kissing the now 28-year-old Daisuke Takahashi.

In one photo Mr Takahashi, dubbed the "Prince on Ice" by his huge band of female followers, appears to be turning his face away from the older woman as the two danced at an alcohol-fuelled party in February.

Ms Hashimoto, a married mother-of-three and a former Olympic speed skater and cyclist, was Japan's chef de mission in Sochi.

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