Melissa Mendez. File Photo.
MANILA – Businessman Rey Pamaran on Wednesday filed formal charges against Melissa Mendez after an incident last week that resulted in the actress being offloaded from a Cebu Pacific flight from Manila to Pagadian.
Pamaran, accompanied by his legal counsel, Atty. Raymond Fortun, filed charges for slander by deed at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. He is seeking P3 million in damages.
This comes even after the actress issued a public apology via her Instagram account.
The businessman said he forgave Mendez "the moment [she] was escorted out from the airplane," but filed charges against her anyway because she supposedly did not tell the whole truth in her public apology.
Pamaran earlier posted on Facebook that he was hoping for "a more heartfelt" response and that she would make the apology on television.
Even before Mendez issued an apology, Pamaran posted an open letter to the actress in his social media accounts, saying he won’t be pressing charges, "on the condition that you set the records straight using the truth and nothing else but the whole truth through a genuine public apology."
He also noted in the letter that his legal team has started drafting a complaint.
– report from Dennis Datu, DZMM