Fortune Entertainment have announced the departure of Yutaka Kobayashi from idol group BOYS AND MEN following a recent shoplifting incident.
On October 3rd, 2021, Yutaka Kobayashi was caught shoplifting around 9,000 yen worth of cosmetic products from a store in Fukuoka. Due to this incident, on April 8th his talent agency Fortune Entertainment announced that Kobayashi would be leaving the idol group BOYS AND MEN. Kobayashi has been a member of BOYS AND MEN since their debut in 2010.
Fortune Entertainment released the following statement:
It has been revealed that Yutaka Kobayashi, who belongs to our company, has committed a serious breach of contract. We have determined that it is impossible to maintain the contractual relationship due to the severe breach of trust, and today, April 8, 2022, we inform you that we have canceled the management contract with Yutaka Kobayashi. We apologize for the very urgent report. Yutaka Kobayashi committed a shoplifting case today. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to the victims.
Yutaka Kobayashi is best known to tokusatsu fans for his acting role as Kumon Kaito (Kamen Rider Baron) in Kamen Rider Gaim.