Mona Yamamoto caught in another scandal
Announcer Mona Yamamoto is once again in danger of losing her career. In 2006, she was dropped by TBS after her affair with married DPJ politician Goshi Hosono was discovered, but she was able to revive her career last year through Takeshi Kitano’s management agency, making appearances on quiz and variety shows. This past Sunday, she finally returned to being a newscaster, but her future is now in jeopardy due to a second scandal.
The newest issue of Josei Seven reported that Yamamoto was seen at a love hotel this past weekend with Yomiuri Giants shortstop Tomohiro Nioka, who has a wife and a 1-year-old son.
Yamamoto had appeared on Sunday’s premiere of the live news program “Sakiyomi” (Fuji TV). After the broadcast, she and some female staffers went to one of the many gay bars in Shinjuku’s Ni-chome district. Many other celebrities, including Oriental Radio’s Shingo Fujimori, were there at the bar, and Nioka showed up about half an hour later with some of his younger teammates.
The groups left the bar past 4:30am, but Nioka and Yamamoto got into a taxi together. They were seen kissing in the car, and they ended up at a love hotel in the Gotanda district.
On Wednesday night, Yamamoto issued a public statement on her own, acknowledging that she and Nioka had entered the hotel. However, she swore that all they did was drink. According to her, she had repeatedly tried to fend off Nioka’s drunken advances throughout the night, and she finally left him behind at the hotel.
Sunday’s episode of “Sakiyomi” was Yamamoto’s first job as a newscaster in almost two years. During an interview last month, she had declared that she would never be involved in an affair again. However, Fuji TV stated that while they are currently investigating the matter, they have no choice but to remove Yamamoto from the show.
Source: Sports Hochi