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Sega gives Judgment character a new face after actor’s arrest

The yakuza previously played by Pierre Taki gets a facelift

An image of Judgement character Kyohei Hamura Sega
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sega has wiped actor Pierre Taki from its video game Judgment, replacing his voice and likeness with that of a new performer, based on video released of the game on Tuesday. Taki was previously the basis for character Kyohei Hamura, but in an update from game developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s Twitter account, that yakuza has a different look.

Taki’s removal from Judgment — which is slated for release in North America this June — comes after the actor and musician was arrested for suspicion of drug use in March. According to police, Taki tested positive for cocaine based on a urine test. Possession or use of cocaine carries a prison sentence of up to seven years in Japan, but such arrests can also effectively end an artist’s career overseas. Sega and Square Enix removed Taki’s voice work from Judgment and Kingdom Hearts 3, respectively, and Sony Music dropped his band, Denki Groove, after his arrest.

Sega did not announce who will replace Taki in the updated version of Judgment, but you can check out Kyohei Hamura’s new look and English-language dub in the video below.

Judgment, a spinoff of the Yakuza series, is coming to PlayStation 4 on June 25.

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