"As an original member of AKB48, I am supposed to set an example for the junior members," she continues."But I was thoughtless and showed a lack of self-awareness.I didn't know what to do, so I decided to shave my head without telling other band members or my agency.
"My name is Minami Minegishi of AKB48 Team B," she says, referring to the hugely successful group she became a founding member of seven years ago.
Clad in baseball cap and cotton surgical mask, Minegishi was aiming to dodge paparazzi, but evidently her disguise didn't work.
The result was the profoundly disturbing apology video posted last week and later pulled from the official AKB48 You Tube channel.
Minami Minegishi, a pop star from the Japanese girl group AKB48, released a video in which she makes a tearful apology for having spent a night at a man’s apartment.
In the video, her hair is shaved off, which she says she did as an act of contrition.