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One Piece VA Toru Furuya Admits To Long-Term Affair With Fan, Involving Assault & Coerced Abortion

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Voice actor Toru Furuya, who is known for his role as Sabo in One Piece and Yamcha in Dragon Ball series, has issued a public apology on his official X account on May 22, 2024, following an interview with Shukan Bunshun, admitting to a long-term affair with a fan and other serious misconduct.

In the statement, Furuya confessed to having an affair with a fan for four and a half years, which he ended in September 2023.

The voice actor revealed that he was drawn to the woman’s unwavering support and initiated contact with her, leading to the relationship.

During the course of the affair, he recounted an argument during which he impulsively raised his hand against the woman, an act he described as “lowest behavior as an adult and as a human being“.

He also disclosed that he had pressured her into having an abortion, a mistake he called unforgivable.

“I deeply wounded her both physically and mentally, and I am truly, truly sorry for this,” he added.

Furuya also extended his apology to his fans, acknowledging the disappointment and damage his actions have caused to his professional image and the characters he voices.

I have betrayed the trust and support of my long-time fans, disappointed them, and tarnished the characters I have portrayed. I cannot apologize enough. I have also betrayed the trust of all parties involved and caused them significant trouble.

He concluded the statement by pledging to spend the rest of his life making amends for his actions and declared his readiness to accept any punishment.

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Furuya’s apology

Toru Furuya is a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator. He is currently employed by the talent management firm Aoni Production, since 1982.

Furuya is most known for the anime roles of Sabo (One Piece), Amuro Ray (Gundam), Hyuma Hoshi (Star of the Giants), Pegasus Seiya (Saint Seiya), Yamcha (Dragon Ball), Kyosuke Kasuga (Kimagure Orange Road) and Tuxedo Mask (Sailor Moon).

Source: X

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