Deniece Cornejo. File photo
MANILA - The camp of model Deniece Cornejo has denied actor Vhong Navarro's claim that they had oral sex during their first meeting on January 17, five days before a mauling incident allegedly took place.
"That is not true, even if pinagmamalaking may nangyari si Vhong," Cornejo's legal counsel, Atty. Howard Calleja, said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart" Thursday. "Baka to him, in his mind, gusto niyang may mangyari. But really, nothing happened."
In his sworn affidavit with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Navarro said he and Cornejo met in her condominium unit in Forbeswood Heights, Taguig on January 17.
"After consuming one bottle of white wine, they made out and it led to oral sex where Cornejo repeatedly inserted her mouth the private part of [Navarro]," the actor's sworn statement read.
According to the same affidavit, Navarro met Cornejo at a shoe store two years ago and "developed a friendship" through Facebook. After some time of not communicating, Navarro said he and Cornejo got in tough again through the same website and the mobile app Viber two months ago. This, according to the actor, eventually led to their "personal meet-up" on the 17th.
Referring to Navarro's account of the meeting, Calleja said, "We talked about that, and Deniece said talagang walang nangyari noong time na 'yon."
"At sabihin na natin, for the sake of argument, may nangyari," the lawyer added, "but if you say no on the second time, a no is a no. Rape is rape."
Cornejo, in her complaint-affidavit in the rape case she filed Wednesday 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.
Navarro denied attempting to rape Cornejo 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: serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, blackmail, and serious illegal detention, which is a non-bailable offense.