In late February, a visitor in Macau hoping for luck at the casino noticed the incident. “Isn’t that Aki Hoshino? What are they raising a fuss about?” The man had spotted the woman who turned out to be Hoshino, arguing with some staff at the casino entrance.
“It was shortly after noon, at one of those casinos on the main street. She was obviously looking like a celebrity wearing a sexy, low-cut dress, and she was with someone who appeared to be her manager. All the other Japanese tourists with me recognized her. But for some reason, she was being denied entry into the casino. I think that’s what the argument was about.”
The man who saw the entire incident described how extremely frustrated she was. She even grabbed one of the Japanese tourists – probably because she thought that she was getting nowhere with the casino staff – and pleaded, “You know who I am, right? Can you please tell them?”
According to another tourist, “Because of the way she was dressed, it appeared that the casino staff decided she was a prostitute. We all thought that was the reason.”
While hookers have always been a common sight at Macau casinos, the authorities are now monitoring them more closely. So did the staff think Hoshino, 32, was a hooker?
Her agency explained that wasn’t the case. “She was mistaken for a minor because she looks younger than her age. She didn’t have her passport as she was on location… As far as we know, she wasn’t there to gamble but just needed to use the restroom in the casino.”
Perhaps that explains her desperation to get inside.