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Makiyo subject to probation supervision

Singer-actress Makiyo will be subject to probation supervision starting today, after the Taipei District Court finalized a three-year suspended sentence over her role in assaulting a taxi driver on Feb. 2. Her Japanese friend, Takateru Tomoyori, will be deported back to Japan instead of being placed under probation supervision after getting a four-year suspended sentence for injuring the driver.

The executor unit of the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office will complete the legal procedures this morning for Makiyo's probation supervision and Tomoyori's deportation.

As Makiyo already received R.O.C. nationality in June, she will be obliged to follow a string of regulations during her three-year probation supervision in Taiwan, such as reporting to her supervisors once a month, maintaining good behavior and not leaving her registered residence. If Makiyo fails to meet these requirements, the three-year suspension of her sentence of 10 months in prison may be revoked.

Makiyo, 27, who is popularly known by only her first name, initially denied assaulting the driver and claimed that Tomoyori was defending her after the driver touched her chest during an argument.

Public anger mounted after surveillance camera footage showed that Makiyo joined in the assault and seemed to have encouraged her friend to attack the driver, who was hospitalized for several weeks due to head trauma.

Makiyo later apologized and said she did not remember the details because she was drunk.

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