Story By: Lee Bullen, Sub-Editor: Francis George, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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A young man is suing his former boss for pushing his face into a boiling soup pot during a company night out as a “prank”.
According to local media, the incident took place in December 2015 in the eastern Japanese capital city Tokyo, but details of the lawsuit were released this week along with a YouTube video which has been viewed 2 million times.
It is unclear why the employee took so long to launch a lawsuit against his ex boss.
The 25-year-old president of the unnamed entertainment company is accused of pushing the employee’s face into boiling water during a company event.
The then 23-year-old victim reportedly suffered severe burns from the “prank”.
In the video footage, a hand is seen pushing the victim’s face into the boiling soup pot while a colleague continues to stir its contents.
Apparently unsatisfied with the result, the suspect is seen pushing his face into the boiling water again, this time with so much force that the pot falls from the table.
The suspect reportedly said: “There are customers here, make it more fun!”
Afterwards, he allegedly referred to it as “just a prank”.
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A picture of the young man’s face afterwards showed severe blisters and marks which reportedly took over a month to heal.
The victim also claims to have been repeatedly bullied in his time with the company and consequently suffered depression and anxiety.
He told local media: “Whenever I see a hotpot now it reminds me of the incident and is always unsettling.”
The case continues.