Actor-host Vhong Navarro after the mauling incident on January 22.ABS-CBN News
MANILA -- Before the publicized ordeal of actor-host Vhong Navarro allegedly at the hands of a group led by businessman Cedric Lee, several other brawls involving local personalities have made headlines over the years.
The "It's Showtime" mainstay, who is still recovering from serious injuries, claimed that he was a victim of extortion, and that he was blindfolded and tied up before being attacked by at least six men.
Navarro has since taken the matter to court, filing six criminal charges against Lee and seven others, including model Deniece Cornejo.
Unsurprisingly, several versions of the story have come up, with Lee and Cornenjo claiming Navarro had attempted to rape the model. Lee also denied Navarro's accusation that his group "abused" his genitals and had it recorded on video.
The businessman accused Navarro of "twisting the facts," saying his account of the January 22 incident inside a condominium unit in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig has been exaggerated.
But before this controversy involving Navarro, Lee was also embroiled in a similar incident in 2007.
2. Lee vs Bunevacz
Businessman Cedric Lee. File photo
At the time, Lee and four others were accused of beating up athlete David Bunevacz, their former business partner in a cosmetic clinic, on the afternoon of November 27, 2007.
Bunevacz's wife, Jessica Rodriguez, claimed in her affidavit that they were subsequently threatened by Lee's group, supposedly over her husband's "anomalous" handling of the clinic's funds. Rodriguez and Bunevacz denied this, but was later charged with estafa even as they left for the United States. [Read related story]
3. Cesar vs Andrew
On August 27, 2006, a fuming Cesar Montano ran after Andrew Wolff inside Aliw Theater, after the model beat the actor's brother, Rommel, in a celebrity boxing match that only lasted three rounds. Wolff was chased out of the venue by Montano's group, and reportedly had to go home by cab wearing only his boxing gloves and shorts.
Montano, in later interviews, accused Wolff of "doing more wrestling than boxing" and not abiding by the rules. The actor went on to apologize to Wolff, who declined offers to have rematch with either Montano brother.
4. Chavit vs ex-wife
Then Deputy National Security Adviser Chavit Singson was accused of physically hurting his then-wife, Rachel Tiongson, after he allegedly caught her having dinner with her boyfriend on August 22, 2009. Tiongson, who claimed Singson used a whip during the incident, maintained that she and the politician had already been separated then. She also accused Singson and his bodyguards of forcibly undressing and torturing her boyfriend. Singson and Tiongson have five children. [Read related story]
5. Annabelle vs Eddie's 'starlet'
Celebrity couple Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama. File photo
Although it didn't make headlines at the time, talent manager and former actress Annabelle Rama, by her own admission, figured in a brawl of sorts "45 years ago." Speaking on "Showbiz Inside Report" in 2012, Rama good-naturedly recalled how she beat up one of the "starlets" of her then-boyfriend Eddie Gutierrez after seeing them holding hands at Greenhills Shopping Center. Rama and Gutierrez, at the time, already had one child, Ruffa. [Read related story]
6. Richard vs Robin
Among the top leading men in local showbiz then and now, Richard Gomez and Robin Padilla made headlines in the '90s when they figured in a brawl supposedly over host-actress Kris Aquino. Gomez, a former boyfriend of Aquino, was quoted in tabloids as referring to Padilla, the actress' partner at the time, as "lampa." When the two came face to face at the Star Olympics in August 1991, Padilla landed a punch on Gomez's face, leading to what was reported to be the second brawl involving the two.
Aquino's mother, then-President Corazon Aquino, reportedly went on to mediate between the actors and had them patch things up. [Read related story]
7. Coco vs Matteo
Matteo Guidicelli (left) and Coco Martin shake hands at the 2012 Star Magic Ball, a year after they figured in a brawl at the same event. Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com
Kapamilya stars Coco Martin and Matteo Guidicelli figured in a fistfight over a woman during the Star Magic Ball on September 3, 2011. A tearful Maja Salvador, in an interview following the incident, confirmed that she was the cause of the brawl, admitting for the first time that she and Guidicelli were in a relationship. Two days after the incident, Guidicelli made a televised apology to the ABS-CBN management and Martin, who was co-starring with Salvador in a series at the time. [Read related story]
8. Albie at a bar
Actor Albie Casiño after the mauling incident. File photo
On May 4, 2012, young actor Albie Casiño was beaten up by a group of men who he claimed were friends of his former girlfriend, actress Andi Eigenmann, at a bar in Makati City. Eigenmann, who was also at the venue at the time, admitted confronting Casiño when they crossed paths, but denied any role in the attack on the actor. Casiño has yet to acknowledge his two-year-old daughter with Eigenmann, Adrianna Gabrielle. [Read related story]
9. Claudine, Raymart vs Mon Tulfo
A screengrab of the viral video showing the incident involving Mon Tulfo and Raymart Santiago at NAIA-3
On May 6, 2012, then-couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago attacked journalist Mon Tulfo inside NAIA Terminal 3. The scuffle, which was caught on video, stemmed from Tulfo using his mobile phone to record Barretto's scolding of airport staff over missing luggage. The matter was swiftly taken to court, with both camps suing each other for physical injuries, among others.
Days after the incident, Tulfo's journalist brothers threatened the couple on live television, spawning a separate legal case from the airport brawl. [Read related story]
10. Claudine vs Raymart
A year after the mauling incident involving Tulfo, Santiago and Barretto found themselves at opposing ends of a legal feud. Barretto accused her husband of "physical, sexual, psychological and economic," supposedly dating back to 2002. Santiago denied the allegations, saying Barretto has a history of drug abuse and that he was the one who suffered from domestic violence. He took these accusations to court in September, showing photos of him supposedly after being attacked by Barretto. [Read related story]