China actor held in Tokyo over alleged abuse of girlfriend

TOKYO: A Chinese movie actor has been arrested in Japan on suspicion of assaulting his then girlfriend, causing injuries that police say required four weeks of treatment.

Jiang Jinfu, 27, was detained on Wednesday after he turned himself in at a central Tokyo police station, police confirmed yesterday.

Authorities already had an arrest warrant for him after a 25-year-old woman filed a complaint about the alleged assault, prompting an investigation.

Jiang, who is known for his leading role in the 2012 film Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky, apologised to his followers on the Weibo microblogging service, saying in the Nov 20 post that he had been living in remorse and felt ashamed about his behaviour, adding that he would take responsibility and accept the punishment.

His arrest has caused a storm on social media in China.

Several Chinese celebrities described Jiang as warm and sincere, and some said they would wait for the truth to come out, prompting outrage and discussion of violence against women.

According to police, Jiang allegedly beat her on the face, arms and shoulders on Oct 12.

The couple lived together at his Tokyo apartment at the time but then apparently broke up, police said. — AP