Deaf Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi has hit headlines after he admitted using a ghostwriter to put together his music. Samuragochi, who has composed numerous movie soundtracks and video game scores throughout his career, was hailed as a musical genius for his work, which continued after a degenerative condition wrecked his hearing. However, this week (beg03Feb14), another composer went public with allegations he was hired to write Samuragochi's music for him, and now the 50-year-old star has confirmed the claim. Samuragochi has admitted using a ghostwriter and offered a public apology through his lawyer, who says, "Samuragochi is deeply sorry as he has betrayed fans and disappointed others. He knows he could not possibly make any excuse for what he has done. He is mentally distressed and not in a condition to properly express his own thoughts". The news comes as Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahash prepares to compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia using one of Samuragochi's compositions.