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Alleged ghostwriter says Resident Evil composer may not be deaf

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A man who says he was the ghostwriter for composer Mamoru Samuragochi, known for his work on the Resident Evil and Onimusha games, for more than 10 years is raising questions about the industry veteran's hearing disability, reports ABC Online.

Samuragochi has long been thought to be deaf, but according to alleged ghostwriter Tagashi Niigaki, this may not be the case. In a press conference held earlier today in Japan, Niigaki said he was was never given reason to believe Samuragochi was deaf when he was contracted to compose music for him.

"I've never felt he was deaf ever since we met," Niigaki said. "We carry on normal conversations. I don't think he is (handicapped). At first he acted to me also as if he had suffered hearing loss, but he stopped doing so eventually. He told me, after the music for the video games was unveiled, that he would continue to play the role (of a deaf person)."

Niigaki also said Samuragochi paid him seven million yen ($68,971 USD) over 18 years for 20 pieces.

"I am an accomplice of Samuragochi because I continued composing just as he demanded, although I knew he was deceiving people," he said. "I told him a few times that we should stop doing this, but he never gave in. Also he said he would commit suicide if I stop composing for him."

Earlier this week, Samuragochi issued a statement through his lawyer saying he had been commissioning pieces for years from an unnamed ghostwriter. This statement was given after Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi revealed he will be skating to "Sonatina For Violin," one of Samuragochi's credited works, during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.