By Zachary Stieber, Epoch Times |
Vhong Navarro is led out of Deniece Cornejo's condo building by a group of men in a screenshot of CCTV footage from the building that the incident allegedly happened in.Vhong Navarro is led out of Deniece Cornejo's condo building by a group of men in a screenshot of CCTV footage from the building that the incident allegedly happened in.
Navarro, an actor and television host, says that the trio along with Deniece Cornejo and others tied him up, beat him, and tried to blackmail him. CCTV footage and other evidence appears to back up his version of what happened on January 22.
But the others tell a different tale. Cedric Lee in his statement appeared to change his original story. He at first said that he went to Cornejo’s apartment with his sister to pick her up for a night out. But in his statement he said that Cornejo texted him asking for help, saying she was being harassed.
Lee said that he arrived at the apartment, where Cornejo told him that Navarro had just raped her. “I asked Deniece if there was anything I can do for her at the time, such as reporting the matter to the proper authorities, but at that point she was very confused and still did not know what to do. Not wanting to stress her further, I left her unit after she assured me that she will be alright on her own.”
Bernice Lee–Cedric’s sister–meanwhile said that she and her brother agreed to meet up at Cornejo’s apartment before going out with friends sometime between 10:30 and 11 p.m.
She said that she arrived at the Forbeswood apartment building at 9 p.m., and went up to Cornejo’s apartment, but that Cornejo wasn’t there. Lee said that she left to get something to eat. On her way back to the apartment, she saw Cornejo, who told her what had supposedly happened.
“Deniece, however, said that fortunately Zimmer came back to the unit and saw what Vhong was doing to her and was able to pull Vhong off her,” Lee claimed.
“I told Cedric that Vhong arrived earlier and raped Deniece in her unit again. Upon hearing this, Cedric rushed in to confront Vhong. Meanwhile, I brought Deniece to the pool area to console her.”
Raz said in his statement, according to Filipino media outlets, that he arrived at the apartment around 9 p.m. as well. While Bernice went to get food he stepped out of the apartment to smoke.
“After a while, I went back to Deniece’s unit and as I opened the door, I heard shouts coming from Deniece’s room which prompted me to immediately proceed inward,” Raz said.
“At that moment, I saw a man on top of Deniece with his pants and underwear by his ankle. I rushed to Deniece who was shouting for help and forcefully pulled the man away from her. The man, meanwhile, was pulling his shorts up and attempting to escape and throwing punches at me while I merely tried to contain him by pushing him to the ground. A few minutes later, Cedric came inside the unit and saw that Vhong was still trying to attack me and escape.
“As Vhong became more violent with his punches, kicks and blatant attempts to escape, a scuffle ensued. With his hands tied behind him, we sat Vhong down on the sofa and told him we are arresting him for raping Deniece.”
The story doesn’t appear to quite fit into the CCTV footage from the apartment building, which showed Navarro entering the lobby to go up to the apartment at 10:38 p.m. and Cornejo exiting the lobby less than two minutes later. Then again, Cornejo has emphasized that rape can happen in less than a minute.
Navarro’s lawyer Alma Mollanga says that Lee and Cornejo’s group is getting desperate and trying to make up stories to match the evidence on the CCTV footage.
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