Police file charges against Olympian Satoya

Police sent papers to prosecutors Tuesday on Tae Satoya, a Nagano Winter Olympics gold medalist for moguls, and a male employee of a Tokyo night club, both on suspicion of assault, they said.

According to the police, Satoya, 29, got into a brawl with the employee at the nightclub in Tokyo’s Roppongi entertainment district Feb. 8, and the employee is suspected of hitting Satoya in return.

Both suffered no injuries in the incident but filed complaints with the police against each other. Satoya was heavily drunk at the time of the incident, the police said.

Satoya won bronze at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, and also placed second in World Cup event in Japan on Feb. 6.

But after the incident, the Ski Association of Japan decided to remove her from the competition in the freestyle skiing world championships in Finland in March.