MANILA - After months in the headline, the rape case filed by the alleged victim and starlet, Deniece Cornejo against television host and comedian Vhong Navarro, was reportedly junked by the Department Of Justice according to ABS-CBNNews.com.
Deniece Cornejo filed her complaint affidavit citing that Vhong Navarro forced her to oral sex and she accused the comedian of forcibly inserting his penis to her vagina. In the comedian's counter-affidavit, Vhong Navarro cited that indeed there was an oral sex a week before the mauling of the actor but denied the allegations of rape.
Vhong Navarro filed several criminal cases against Cedric Lee, the alleged mastermind in setting him up in Deniece Cornejo's condominium. The television host filed serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, blackmail, and serious illegal detention, which is a non-bailable offense.
Along the cases filed by both camps, another alleged rape victim surfaced, Roxanne Cabanero and a third one came. According to Vhong Navarro's camp through Atty. Alma Mallonga, they are ready to face even the fourth one who might come from Davao.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to charge Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo, Bernice Lee, Simeon Raz, Fedinand Guerrero, Jose Paolo Calma and Jeff Fernandez for the crimes of serious illegal detention and grave coercion.The DOJ, in a 42-page resolution dated April 4, 2014, said it was clear that on January 22 up to the wee hours of January 23 Lee’s group deprived Navarro of his liberty, which is a primary element of the crime of serious illegal detention.The DOJ said the group also inflicted serious physical injuries on the host-actor and threatened him.The DOJ said it is also clear that the group committed the crime charged for purposes of extorting money or ransom from Navarro in exchange of his liberty.As for the crime of grave coercion, the DOJ said it was apparent that the group compelled Navarro to do acts which were against his will.Meanwhile, the panel said the other complaints filed by Navarro against Lee’s group, including serious physical injuries, grave threats and illegal arrest, were already absorbed in the illegal detention charge.As of writing, the DOJ panel is now on its way to the Taguig Regional Trial Court to file the case.
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