A Japanese chef known for his restaurant in Paris has died from suicide, his family says.
Taku Sekin took his life on Monday after being subjected to “false” allegations of sexual violence, according to a statement from his relatives.
His restaurant Dersou was named the best in France in 2016 by Fooding.
No formal complaint has been filed against Sekin and he has not been investigated by police. He denied the allegations.
Sekin, 39, trained with renowned French chef Alain Ducas in Tokyo and then in Place de la Athens in Paris.
He went on to open Dersou in 2016. He won the “Best in France” from the Fooding management that same year. In 2019, he opened the award-winning Asian fusion restaurant Cheval d’Or.
put their support behind the woman, reports Eater.
According to AFP, the Atabula website published a lengthy investigation in August into sexual harassment and harassment in the best French cuisines, saying a “famous Japanese chef” he did not name “could be accused of rape”.
Sekin said he would fight to clear his name.
His family said he had been “caught in a violent spiral of depression” after charges were brought against him.
“This attack on his honor and integrity was profound. In a process of depression identified and known to doctors, Taku Sekin lost sight of how he could get out of this tide,” the statement said.
Atabula defended his reports after the chef’s death.