“IT’S Showtime” host Vhong Navarro appeared on television for the first time on Sunday, days after he was beaten up by unidentified suspects at a condominium unit in Taguig City last January 23.
In an interview over “Buzz ng Bayan”, the teary-eyed Navarro denied that he raped his female friend.
“Hindi po ako rapist, may takot po ako sa Diyos,” said Navarro, whose cheek and eyes were still swelling.
The television host said the incident happened at the Taguig condo of a certain Deniece Millet Cornejo, a friend whom he met some two years ago.
Navarro said the woman conspired with at least six assailants to beat him up and extort money from him. They even brought him to the police station to file a complaint of attempted rape against the actor.
Cornejo, however, indicated in the police blotter that she was not interested to press charges against Navarro.
The comedian said he went to Cornejo’s condo unit twice. The first time was on January 17 at around 10:54 p.m.
“Nagpunta po ako doon ng may dalang white wine dahil ‘yon lang daw po ang puwede niyang inumin,” he said. “May nangyari po pero walang sexual intercourse,” he added.
Navarro narrated that while driving home from Cornejo’s place, the woman texted him saying, “Bad boy ka.” “I’m sorry, bawi ako next time,” was his reply.
The “It’s Showtime” host said he returned to Cornejo’s condo unit last January 22 at around 10:45 p.m. and brought with him take-out food.
While he was putting the food, a suspect suddenly appeared and pointed a gun at him. Another suspect, who he identified as Cedric Lee, showed up.
Navarro said Lee tied him up, blindfolded and stripped him of his shorts and video-taped his private parts. Lee placed his head on the floor and started hitting him.
At one point, Navarro alleged that his assailants tried to cover his mouth but he refused and promised them that he will not make any noise. Four more suspects entered the unit and started beating up him up.
“Pinaupo rin nila ako at kinuhanan ng video na nagsasabing ‘ako si Vhong Navarro at ni-rape ko ang kaibigan ko,’ para pang-black mail nila sa akin,” said Navarro. He recalled that the suspects threatened to hurt his family if he will not give them money “for damages.”
He said the group demanded P200,000 to as high as P2 million.
“Dahil daw po ni-rape ko si Deniece, na hindi ko naman ginawa kaya pinagbabayad nila ako. From P200,000 umabot ng P2 million ang hinihingi nila sa akin na ibibigay ko daw dapat kinabukasan (January 24),” he said.
Navarro said he voluntarily signed the blotter report for fear for his life. But he clarified that he did not rape the woman.
He said will file charges against the suspects as he do not want the same incident to happen to other people, including his showbiz friends. (MNS)