"Hindi ako rapist."
Thus did comedian-TV host Vhong Navarro deny the accusations of a 22-year-old student who accused him of attempted rape.
Vhong admitted that he signed the police blotter with the girl's complaint, but claimed he did so only because of threats he received from her camp. Men allegedly tied his feet, blindfolded him, and took turns beating him in the condo unit. They also tried to extort money from him, but Vhong refused.
"Kaya po pumasok yung blotter kasi may pangbablackmail na nangyari. Kaya ang nakalagay doon na hindi sila magrereklamo kasi may usapan po. Ginawa lang ang pang-blotter na iyon na just in case na magsumbong ako, meron silang pwedeng panghawakan laban sa akin," he told Buzz ng Bayan host Boy Abunda in an exclusive interview on Sunday, January 25.
"Basta ibigay ko yung gusto nila na magbayayad ako sa kanila ng P1 million. From P500,000, umabot sa P1 million hanggang sa P2 million. Sabi ko hindi ko na kaya. Damage ko raw doon sa babae," Vhong said further.
Vhong admitted that he went to the girl's condominium unit in Fort Bonifacio on Wednesday, January 22, but denied that he raped or forced the girl to have sexual intercourse.
‘Matino akong tao’
"Hindi ako rapist. Hindi po ako nagdru-drugs. Matino po akong tao. May takot ako sa Diyos at sa mga magulang ko."
Vhong said that the girl, named Deniece Cornejo, invited him to her condo unit on Wednesday, January 22, following his first visit on Friday, January 17.
He claimed that a certain Cedric Lee led the six to seven men who attacked and beat him while he was blindfolded. Vhong also remembers being asked to say "Ako si Vhong Navarro, ni-rape ko yung kaibigan ko" in a video.
Vhong said that the girl's camp still has the said video of him. He denied being filmed having sexual intercourse, saying that it never happened.
"Ang video na iyon na nakita na binaboy ako sa baba, sa private part ko... Iyon ng video nila na hawak na pangblackmail nila sa akin. Wala po akong video na nakikipagtalik dahil hindi po nangyari na nakipagtalik ako sa kanya."
Forgiveness, justice sought
Vhong also sought forgiveness from his girlfriend saying, "Kung meron man akong kasalanan, isa lang iyon-- sa girlfriend ko."
"Nagpunta ako eh," the TV host said. He then thanked his girlfriend for standing by his side even if he was not completely honest with her.
The TV host-actor, who fears for his life and his family’s safety, also hopes justice will be served.
"Yung ginawa nila sa akin, grabe. Binaboy nila ako, tinakot, pinaratangan na papatyin, mga anak ko, magulang ko, pati ako. Sa tagal ko sa industriya, wala pa akong inagrabyado," an emotional Vhong said.
"Ginagawa ko ito dahil pwedeng maulit ito. Gusto ko sana yung justice. Sana may mangyaring hustisya, sana merong may pagbayaran sa gumawa sa akin nito," he added.
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