Taiwanese-Japanese singer, Makiyo, and her friend, Takateru Tomoyori, have been plagued by legal woes since they were videotaped physically assaulting taxi driver, Lin Yu Jun, in February. The verdict for the case was decided in court yesterday. The public was outraged by Makiyo and Takateru’s behavior. The pair managed to escape imprisonment in the high profile assault case that rocked the Taiwanese entertainment industry.
Makiyo was sentenced 10 months in prison, while Takateru was given a one year sentence. The pair pleaded guilty, thus the court suspended the sentences to three year’s probation for Makiyo and four year’s probation for Takateru.
On February 2, 2012, Makiyo and Takateru boarded a taxi in Taipei, Taiwan. The pair asked the taxi driver, Mr. Lin, to drift race the car. Upon his refusal, Makiyo and Takateru physically beat the driver, who sustained rib fractures and serious head injuries. Although Makiyo initially denied assaulting Mr. Lin, she was caught on film kicking him.
Later, Makiyo pleaded in court that she was under the influence of alcohol on the night of the assault. Makiyo and Takateru later reached an out-of-court settlement of $3 million NT with Mr. Lin.
Yesterday, Makiyo, Takateru, and Mr. Lin did not appear in court to listen to the proceedings. After learning from her lawyer about the verdict, Makiyo was very calm and respected the court’s decision. She wished Mr. Lin a speedy recovery.
Makiyo’s mother was sad upon hearing the verdict, hoping that the incident would finally draw to a close, with life returning back to normal.
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Jayne: Such a dramatic scandal that hogged the Taiwanese entertainment headlines for many weeks! Personally, I felt that the taxi driver, Mr. Lin’s out-of-court settlement amount with Makiyo was very low.JayneStars Media LLC reserves all copyrights. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. By using the JayneStars website, you accept and agree to our Terms and Conditions of Use.