Esteemed J-pop idol Tomita Mayu has been stabbed dozens of times in the chest and neck after being confronted by an obsessive stalker, leaving the poor girl in a critical condition.
Unfortunately, her pleas went unheard as she was subsequently caught and confronted by the fan-cum-stalker, who stabbed her some 24 times in a frenzied attack shortly before she was about to take to the stage at a concert.
The 27-year-old assailant was soon apprehended by police, upon arrest admitting to his crimes and revealing that he had attacked the 20-year old idol because she had returned his loving gift, stating “I ambushed her at the station and asked her (about the gift). I lost my temper because she didn’t answer clearly.”
According to statements from the stabber’s brother, the accused was “inadequate at expressing his feelings” and apparently did not have many friends despite being seen as a relatively gentle person – possibly another instance of outward appearances belying true emotions.
News coverage of the incident:
The suspected stabber:
Plans to charge the perpetrator with attempted murder are already underway, with the whole incident bound to further damage the “reputation” – such as it is – of idol otaku yet further in the public eye…