Following a hearing on the fifth of December, the Nihon Sumo Kyokai asked Takanoiwa to leave the Winter Jungo after it was revealed that he had punched and slapped his 24-year old tsukebito several times in the face the previous night. The beating came after the Tsukebito had forgotten something of Takanoiwas behind while travelling to and from destinations on tour. While the unidentified young rikishi didn’t receive any serious injuries, he did visit the hospital for precautionary measures. After deciding that Takanoiwa would go Kyujo for the remainder of the Jungyo, the NSK also cautioned Chiganoura Beya to rein in its rikishi’s behavior and warned that further penalties may be forthcoming once they have interviewed the victim.
At the time of writing, it is unknown what further punishment Takanoiwa will face, but Tachiai.org will continue to update readers as this story develops.
Edit by Andy to include the Twitter thread from Herouth
Takanoiwa beat up his Tsukebito on Dec. 4 in the hotel. Gave him 4 or 5 slaps and punches. There were no open wounds but the Tsukebito's face has swollen and he went to the hospital to be checked. (1/2)https://t.co/WQF4ct9EVy
— ヘルット (@SumoFollower) December 5, 2018