The sister of Jenson Button’s ex-wife has said she is “very concerned” after her model sister was arrested in Japan on suspicion of MDMA possession over the weekend.
Jessica Michibata, 38, was detained after a package containing the drugs was delivered to a Tokyo hotel where she was staying with an acquaintance, people familiar with the investigation told the Japan Times earlier this week.
While Jessica, who was married to the Formula One legend from 2014 to 2015, has yet to comment publicly on his arrest, her sister Angelica Michibata, who is also a model, took to Instagram to express her concern.
In a message accompanied by a photo of a sunset, he apologized on his sister’s behalf for “causing a scandal” and shared his concerns about the reports.
“I’m sorry my sister made a scandal this time,” Angelica wrote Tuesday.
Jenson Button’s ex-wife Jessica Michibata (pictured), 38, was detained after a package containing the drug was delivered to a hotel where she was staying with an acquaintance, people familiar with the investigation told Japan Times earlier this week.
While Jessica (left), who was married to the Formula One legend (right) from 2014 to 2015, has yet to comment publicly on his arrest, her sister Angelica Michibata, who is also a model, took to Instagram on the day of the reports. to express your concern
“I am very worried, but for now I will leave it to the lawyer and the police, I will trust her and wait for the results.
“And there are no changes in the protection and support for the family,” he added.
Michibata denies the allegations, according to local media reports.
A customs officer reportedly found the synthetic drugs hidden in a foreign package to Japan, with the Michibata hotel in Tokyo as the shipping address.
Investigators from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department raided the hotel and arrested Michibata and his acquaintance on March 18 (Saturday), according to reports.
According to some local reports, the acquaintance was a man Michibata was dating.
Japan’s YTV News interviewed Toru Hirohata, former head of the country’s Narcotics Control Department, about the case.
He said the arrests were likely made through a “controlled delivery investigation,” which would suggest that customs officials discovered the drugs in the luggage and replaced them with a counterfeit.
The information is then shared with the police, who trace the package. When it is delivered to its final destination, suspects are arrested red-handed, Hirohata said.
YTV explained that the drugs are replaced with counterfeits to prevent the real substance from entering the civilian population, so customs officials would be guilty if they found them and still allowed their delivery.
Jessica Michibata met F1 driver Jenson Button in 2008 at a hotel bar in Tokyo and they began dating eight months later. Pictured: Jenson Button and his then-girlfriend Jessica Michibata celebrate after he won the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix on October 9, 2011.
The couple separated for a short time in 2011 before he proposed to her on Valentine’s Day 2014, with a ring valued at £250,000. They married in a lavish Hawaiian ceremony in December 2014. They broke up just a year later, but say they remain on good terms.
Pictured: Angelica Michibata, Jessica’s sister, wrote on Instagram Tuesday: “I’m sorry my sister made such a fuss this time.” I’m very worried, but for now I’ll leave it to the lawyer and the police, and I’ll trust her and wait for her results’
Michibata currently resides in the United States for her work as a model. She was born in Japan and was visiting Tokyo at the time of her arrest.
In her most recent post on Instagram, from three weeks ago, the model is seen in a video performing an experimental medical treatment.
He explained in his post that the ‘Kambo’ treatment involves putting the ‘venom of frogs that live in the Amazon in South America into the body’. Video of her showed her meditating with two other women, one of whom was seen inhaling through a pipe.
“As I dive deeper into healing, it becomes necessary to heal my physical body as well,” he wrote in the post. ‘Very grateful to have been introduced to this drug and continue to work with it and build a relationship. Funny Kambo.
A statement from her modeling agency Revive on Monday said: “We apologize to everyone for any concerns caused by the reports of Jessica Michibata, who belongs to our company.”
‘We are currently unable to contact Michibata directly and are collecting information to confirm the facts. Since the incident is being investigated by the police, we will refrain from revealing any further details.
Michibata met F1 driver Jenson Button in 2008 at a hotel bar in Tokyo and they began dating eight months later.
They separated for a short time in 2011 before he proposed to her on Valentine’s Day 2014, with a ring worth £250,000.
Investigators from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department raided the hotel and arrested Michibata (pictured in 2015) and his acquaintance on March 18 (Saturday), according to reports.
In the photo: model Jessica Michibata, who was arrested over the weekend. Local reports said she is suspected of having received a package containing MDMA.
They married in a lavish Hawaiian ceremony in December 2014. They broke up just a year later, but say they remain on good terms.
She was later linked to American film producer Ken Kao after attending a movie premiere with him in 2017. Later that year, she gave birth to their daughter Joy, whose father’s identity is still unknown.
The relationship with Ken Kao, who co-founded a production company with Hollywood star Ryan Gosling, lasted until 2021, when they reportedly parted ways.
Kao is the only son of billionaire Min Kao, a Kansas-based tech mogul who co-founded GPS giant Garmin.