11 Feb '12, 10am

Japanese star charged with Taiwan taxi driver assault

Japanese star charged with Taiwan taxi driver assault

Widely popular amongst Taiwanese fans, Taiwanese-Japanese starlet Makiyo is seen leaving the Taipei District Court Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012, in Taipei, Taiwan. Prosecutors say the 27-year-old singer has been barred from leaving Taiwan pending a probe into her alleged involvement in the beating of a taxi driver in Taipei. -- PHOTO: AP TAIPEI (AFP) - A Japanese entertainer has been charged with attacking a Taiwanese taxi driver, prosecutors said on Saturday, in an incident that has triggered public anger on the island. Singer-actress Makiyo faces a four-year jail term for allegedly being involved in the assault and then trying to cover up her role, they said. Prosecutors also sought a six-year jail term for her friend Takateru Tomoyori for allegedly severely injuring the driver with 'violent and brutal means' during the February 2 assault in Taipei. Makiyo, 27, who is based in T...

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