Trigger warning: sexual assault
MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN Films on Wednesday, October 12, refuted the claims of actor Rhys Miguel Eugenio that there was a lack of action from the company when he reported the sexual misconduct of co-actor Patrick Quiroz.
According to their official statement, ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc. (AFPI) “immediately conducted an investigation” after they received Rhys’ complaint in December 2020 and “swiftly took appropriate action to protect the rights of everyone involved.”
“APFI takes these matters seriously. The safety, dignity, and privacy of our people are our utmost priority,” they continued.
The statement comes after Rhys, in an Instagram Live on Tuesday, October 12, accused former co-actor Patrick Quiroz of sexual assualt, alleging that he was molested by the latter while they were in the lock-in taping of a project. Rhys named Patrick as the actor involved, but did not mention the title of the project they were working on or the management in charge of the project.
Recordings of Rhys’ Instagram Live have also quickly circulated on social media.
“I woke up in the morning. Noong nagising ako, as in ito, raw na raw….malambot ‘yung hotdog ko. Jinajakol niya ‘yung malambot na hotdog ko. Kini-kiss niya ako. Nung nagising ako, hinahabol-habol [ko siya],” Rhys said. (When I woke up, this is very brash…but my private part was soft. He was jerking it off and kissing me. I woke up and then chased him.)
Rhys also alleged in his Instagram Live that other cast members also suffered the same experience from Patrick, and that management did not act on their complaints. He continued that he is planning to take legal action against Patrick. “I have proof of everything, and I have multiple witnesses…. I’m probably gonna take him to court,” he said.
EJ Panganiban, Rhys co-star in He’s Into Her, took to social media to back Rhys’ claims. “Saksi kami niyan sa ‘HIH’ and tinry niya din kami maging victim but he failed,” he wrote. (We witnessed that in [He’s Into Her] and [Patrick] tried to prey on us too, too but he failed).”
Rhys also shared EJ’s post on his Instagram, writing: “Tama ka na, Patrick Quiroz. (Stop it, Patrick Quiroz).” Rhys has yet to react to ABS-CBN Films’ statement.
As of writing, Patrick has yet to publicly comment on the allegations.
Rhys rose to fame when he joined Pinoy Big Brother: Otso. – Rappler.com