Vhong Navarro and Denice Cornejo. Composite File Photo
MANILA – (UPDATED) The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the rape complaint filed by model Deniece Cornejo against actor Vhong Navarro.
The DOJ, in a 42-page resolution dated April 4, 2014, said it was very difficult to comprehend how Navarro could have raped Cornejo, noting that there was not even a single scratch on the model.
The DOJ added it was baffling that Cornejo did not agree to be brought to a hospital, which is part of the standard operating procedures every time a rape complaint is filed.
The panel noted that Cornejo’s claim that she was pinned down on the bed by the “It’s Showtime” host, who then removed his shorts, demonstrates physical improbability.
“It is extremely difficult to comprehend how such scenario of shouting, struggling and running to the lobby of the Forbeswood Heights condominium could have escaped the ears of the people in the neighboring units or in the halls of the condominium,” it said.
The DOJ said Cornejo was unable to provide a logical story and therefore the panel found no probable cause to indict Navarro for the crime of rape.
Cornejo, in her first complaint-affidavit in the rape case she filed against Navarro, claimed that the actor forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to insert his penis in her vagina on January 22, the night the group of businessman Cedric Lee allegedly came to her rescue.
In a counter-affidavit submitted to the DOJ prosecution panel on a later date in February, Cornejo also claimed Navarro first sexually assaulted her when they were together in her Forbeswood Heights condo unit on January 17.
This after her lawyer, Atty. Howard Calleja had told ANC’s “Headstart” in an interview that nothing happened between Cornejo and Navarro on January 17.
Navarro denied all the allegations and claimed that he was a victim of extortion. He said he was blindfolded and tied up before being attacked by at least six men, including Lee.
The actor has since filed six criminal charges against Lee, Cornejo and six others including serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, blackmail, and serious illegal detention, which is a non-bailable offense. – report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News