Two American men are being held on indecency charges in connection to the death of Irish woman Nicola Furlong, at a Tokyo hotel last week.
Furlong (21) was murdered on Wednesday night. She was sexually assaulted and strangled at the hotel after she a friend went to see US rapper, Nicki Minaj, in concert.
James “King Tight” Jamari Blackston (23), a dancer, and another 19-year-old musician were arrested on suspicion of molesting Furlong’s friend in the taxi on the way to the hotel.
They are also being questioned in relation to Furlong’s death.
The Irish Independent reports that King Tight’s Twitter (@kingtightbucc20 ) and MySpace accounts have been shut down since his arrest.
The dancer reportedly served as a dancer for Omarion and Marques Houston in Osaka. He has also appeared in music videos for Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, and J. Lo.
It is believed that Furlong and her friend met the two men at the concert and came back to the hotel together.
Japanese media have reported that other guests at the hotel complained about loud noises from their room at 3.20am. An employee went to their room and found Furlong lying near the bed on the floor.
In a statement released by the Tokyo police, they said, “These two men allegedly took advantage of a female unable to resist due to the fact she was in a comatose state from a highly alcoholic beverage.
"On a taxi ride between Shibuya and Shinjuku, they took advantage of a woman by touching her body.
"As that is an indecent act, they have been charged with quasi forcible indecency."
The police said Furlong’s friend is still in Japan and has been joined by her family. They said, “She is in Tokyo and she is very shocked but her family has arrived in Japan and her mother is with her now."
Furlong’s family has released a statement. They are devastated by the loss. They said, “Nicola was a warm, generous, stunning person who always had time for her family and other people.
“Nicola will always be at the centre of our lives. She stood for everything that is good in life.”
Furlong, a Dublin City University (DCU) student, was an exchange student in Japan. She was studying at the Takasaki City University of Economics in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, about 60 miles north-west of Tokyo.
Her body will be repatriated today and is expected to arrive in Ireland by Thursday. She is likely to be laid to rest in her native Curracloe, County Wexford, next weekend. Her family has asked for privacy.
Here's the Dawn.com news report:
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