Miss International Organization had to deal recently with a huge scandal when Miss International 2012, Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan, made an official criminal complaint against the abuses of a top agency executive. According to Yoshimatsu, her life was threatened by the talent manager after she refused to sign a contract with Burning Productions, as her agency.
In return, Yoshimatsu was dethroned and banned from this year’s Miss International coronation night.
Ex-Miss International claims to have been stalked on purpose, intimidated, extorted and that her business was obstructed when she refused the offer of Burning Productions. The reason for her turning down the contract was because of the rumors the company had connections with the Japanese Mafia, or Yakuza.
Yoshimatsu wrote on her Facebook page that the harassment prevented her from fulfilling her obligation as the reigning queen.
“Harassment and intimidation from one man has deprived me of the role of Miss International,” wrote Yoshimatsu. “I have had to fight back tears of mortification. I can no longer go out alone as I fear I will be killed by someone. Fortunately, I now have security 24 hours a day – but other women who face the same stalking problem as me have no such security.”
Organizers for this year’s event confirmed the news because they do not want the media coverage of the scandal to overshadow the event, according to the media. The alleged executive, Genichi Taniguchi, denied the accusations.