No laughing matter — comedian ordered to pay ¥10 million for assaulting woman

Kyodo News

The Tokyo District Court has ordered TV personality Shinsuke Shimada and his management agency Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. to pay around ¥10 million in damages for assaulting one of its female employees in 2004.

Presiding Judge Norihiro Matsuda also ordered Shimada to pay the victim’s medical expenses. The court determined that the company, as Shimada’s employer, was also liable.

The woman had demanded around ¥100 million in damages in the lawsuit.

“I take the ruling seriously and offer my apology anew to the victim. I am really sorry,” Shimada said in a statement after the ruling.