Vhong Navarro not open to settlement of rape case
MANILA, Philippines – The camp of actor-comedian Vhong Navarro said that he is not open to any settlement in order to have dismissed the rape complaints filed against him by a former stunt woman.
In a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, lawyer Alma Mallonga said they are not even considering thinking about it.
“Kami (For us), we will not consider settlement because nothing really happened,” Mallonga said during the preliminary investigation into the rape complaint before the Quezon City prosecutor's office Thursday, May 29.
“I think it is very revealing… If you are a victim, why would you settle?” she asked.
According to the report, the former stunt woman in one of Navarro’s shows was asked if she was willing to settle the case. The counsel for the complainant said yes.
At the prosecutor's office, tensions rose when another of Navarro's rape complainants Roxanne Acosta tried to approach the Its Showtime host after the hearing.
A former beauty pageant contestant, Acosta repostedly threw her sunglasses at him.
Florecia Cornejo, the grandmother of model Deniece Cornejo, was also present at the hearing. The justice department earlier dismissed the rape complaint filed against Navarro by Cornejo.
Supporters of the alleged rape victims appeared outside the prosecutor's office, wearing white shirts printed with the words “Justice for rape victims, Jail the serial rapist.”
They chanted “Rapist! Rapist!” upon seeing Navarro outside the office of Assistant City Prosecutor Nilda Ordoño.
Navarro who was escorted by security guards immediately walked away from the crowd.
Navarro has denied all rape charges against him. He filed charges of illegal detention and grave coercion against Cornejo and her group led by businessman Cedric Lee who he accused of mauling and blackmailing him in January when he visited Cornejo in her condominium in Taguig.
Lee, Cornejo, and another co-accused Simeon “Zimmer” Raz are currently detained and awaiting hearing for petition of their bail. – Rappler.com