MANILA -- Model Deniece Cornejo, who has accused actor-host Vhong Navarro of rape, has denied that she is an escort.
In a statement sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which was published on Tuesday, Cornejo cleared speculations that she is a call girl after Malaysian Greg Binunus said in his affidavit submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation, that he met Cornejo in a bar.
Binunus used to rent Cornejo's condominium unit in Taguig City where the mauling incident happened.
Cornejo said she met the Malaysian through a customer who bought goods from her.
“I met Mr. Greg through a girl who purchased goods from me. She happened to work at a piano bar. She gave Mr. Greg my number, hoping that he would purchase goods from me in order for her to get a commission,” said Cornejo, who runs an online fashion store.
She said it just happened that she was also looking for a condo unit near Makati area.
“During my meeting with Mr. Greg, he also discussed his other projects. He mentioned that he was opening a Southeast Asian restaurant … in the Fort and asked me to be an endorser and [to also] help him [in] branding and management since I am a hospitality management student,” she said.
Cornejo also noted that Binunus left the condo unit because of robbing incident.
In a previous interview, Cornejo also claimed that her unit was robbed right after the mauling incident.
“I then decided to stay in that unit [on] a short-term basis while looking for a more accessible place in exchange for helping him in his business,” Cornejo said.
In the statement to the newspaper, Cornejo also explained why she bought a laptop computer, which emerged after the NBI sent a subpoena to a computer store in Quezon City where she bought the gadget after the alleged rape attempt by Navarro.
She said the laptop is for her research on rape.
“This is why I bought this laptop, in order to do my research on the matter aside from continuing to do my creative work in fashion and design. I find it hard to believe that buying a laptop with a video-editing software has anything to do with me being raped,” Cornejo said.