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Thursday, March 14, 2019, 16:44
Sega halts game shipment after actor arrested on drug charge
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Thursday, March 14, 2019, 16:44 By Associated Press

In this March 14, 2019, photo, Pierre Taki in a police car is sent to a prosecutor's office in Tokyo. (TAKUYA INABA / KYODO NEWS / AP)

TOKYO — Japanese entertainment company Sega has cancelled shipments of its video game Judgment, also known as Judge Eyes, after one of its actors was arrested on drug charges.

Sega spokesman Hajime Oshima said Thursday that what's already been sold and shipped to retailers will remain unchanged

The company has apologized.

The health ministry's drug division said actor and musician Pierre Taki, 51, was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of using cocaine.

The game made by Tokyo-based Sega Games Corp, creator of the Sonic the Hedgehog games, depicts a detective fighting crime in a fictitious town. It went on sale in December in Japan and was set to ship overseas in June.

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In this March 13, 2019, photo, Pierre Taki in a police car is sent to a police station in Tokyo. (TAKUYA INABA / KYODO NEWS / AP)

Sega spokesman Hajime Oshima said Thursday that what's already been sold and shipped to retailers will remain unchanged.

The company has apologized.

Taki has appeared in various movies, including the 2013 crime drama The Devil's Path, and leads a techno band.

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