Deniece wants apology from Vhong
MANILA -- (UPDATED) Deniece Cornejo is open to a settlement with Vhong Navarro, who she accused of rape, on the condition that the actor will apologize to her, Cornejo's lawyer said on Tuesday.
Cornejo and her co-accused in the January 22 mauling of Navarro, Cedric Lee, Bernice Lee and Simeon Raz, Jr., once again faced the "It's Showtime" host at the Taguig Regional Trial Court (RTC) for a judicial dispute resolution (JDR) on the grave coercion charge against them.
Cornejo, Cedric Lee and Raz are also charged with serious illegal detention. Cornejo is under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group at Camp Crame in Quezon City, while Lee and Raz are detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.
The adjudicative process was called by Taguig City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 73 Judge Marilou Tamang and aims to mediate between the parties for a possible settlement.
Also present at the Taguig RTC were Navarro's long-time partner Tanya Bautista and Cornejo's grandmother, Florencia.
According to Cornejo's legal counsel, Atty. Salvador Panelo, Cornejo will only agree to a settlement on the grave coercion charge if Navarro issues an apology to her.
Cornejo's two rape complaints against Navarro have been dismissed. She accused the actor of sexually assaulting her on January 17 and 22.
Navarro's lawyer, Atty. Alma Mallonga, said details of the process are confidential but she maintained that her client has remain steadfast in pursuing the case and would not settle.
The accused are expected to return to court on August 28 for the the ongoing JDR. Navarro meanwhile is expected to make an appearance on September 4 and October 2. -- Reports from Zhander Cayabyab, DZMM; Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News