Shocking news emerged for young actor Mackenyu, son of the acting/martial arts legend Sonny Chiba. “Friday” found out that the 19-year old ‘Chihayafuru’ star is hiding an illegitimate child. The girl is supposed to be 5 years old already, living with her mother in Los Angeles. That would mean Mackenyu was only 14 when the child was born.
Mackenyu is Los Angeles native, but started his professional activities in Japan in 2014. He’s fluent in English, knows karate, wrestling, can ride a horse and play a piano. Add his impeccable features and you’ll recieve almost a perfect package of prince grasping hearts of many young Japanese girls. His biggest hits to date are the ‘Chihayafuru‘ movies and stageplay version of ‘Hana yori Dango‘. Currently, Mackenyu can be seen in the ‘Aogeba Totoshi‘ drama, title boasting the second highest rating out of the Summer season after 2nd episode.
As to be expected, the fans were left in shock and uproar after the scoop appeared in the July 29th edition of the tabloid.
According to the article, mother of the child (refered to as Y-san) is a married Japanese woman and was friend of the family. She is in her late 30s/early 40s. “Friday” found out that the in 2013, Y-san was prosecuted for her sexual intercourse with a child below 14-years old. The trial was suspended, as Mackenyu denied the act was against his will.
Mackenyu hasn’t yet spoken about the report. His lawyer prepared a statement to the media informing that “there are false information (in the scoop)”. The actor has 4 feature films lined up for this year (“Nigakute Amai”, “Shoujo“, “Cheer☆Dan”, “Peach Girl“), but his future career might be in danger after the revelations.
What are your predictions, ARAMA? Should Mackenyu speak up to the media? How will these news influence his show-biz career?