MANILA - The lawyer of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles denied Friday that his client had sex inside the hospital, which caused her to suffer vaginal spotting and prevented her from going back to jail.
Speaking to ANC's Top Story, lawyer Bruce Rivera rejected as "malicious" any claim that Napoles had sex or any intimate contact while confined in the Ospital ng Makati.
This is after Napoles' physician admitted that sex can cause vaginal bleeding.
"It is a fantastic and even a metaphysical claim because in the first place, what happened was the prosecution asked if it is possible that sex or intimate contact would have caused bleeding. So the doctors said it can be possible because siyempre if there is a wound and there is sex, then it can cause bleeding. But the doctors were very clear that there was no physical contact," he said.
Rivera noted that doctors and nurses are always going in and out of Napoles' room, which would have made any intimate contact for Napoles impossible.
He said guards are also stationed outside Napoles' room, and a relative of the family, including Mr. Napoles, is always present.
He said the sex accusation is meant to undermine Napoles' credibility. He said he will ask Napoles' doctors to issue a written clarification.
Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the pork barrel scam, has been in the hospital since last month for a hysterectomy.
She was scheduled to be transferred back to Fort Sto. Domingo but Judge Elmo Alameda suspended his order after doctors advised that she be allowed to stay in the hospital to control the bleeding.
Rivera has said Napoles should stay longer in the hospital until she has fully recovered.