MANILA, Philippines – Young actor Baron Geisler on Sunday denied that he sexually harassed television host Julia Clarete during a party in a Quezon City bar last April 10.
In his live interview on “The Buzz,” Geisler pointed out that Clarete, being “one of the boys,” would have punched him right away if the reported incident indeed took place.
“I don’t believe na hinarass ko siya. And me and Julia are close friends. At unang-una, if I did anything, Julia is one of the boys, she would punch right away. She would do something. Siya pa ang nag-hatid sa akin sa kotse,” he said.
Geisler said he and Clarete have communicated through text messages after the party, but they never talked about the incident.
A report on “The Buzz" said Geisler was celebrating with the cast and crew of an upcoming independent film at Taumbayan Bar last April 10. Clarete reportedly was not part of the film, but was invited to join the party.
Director Mark Meily, who was present during the event, said Geisler had a few drinks before singing a duet with Clarete.
“May moment na nagkantahan sila ni Julia at Baron. It was a sexy song. Parang magkaakbay sila. When they were singing hindi ko nakita ‘yong actual na sinasabi nila na… hinalikan ni Baron si Julia sa leeg. May nagsabi sa akin na hinipuan ni Baron si Julia," he told "The Buzz."
Meily said the day after the party, Geisler called him to ask if he had offended anybody.
“Nagtatanong siya kung meron siyang nasaktan. He was aware sa mga nangyayari pero baka may mga lapses na hindi na niya naaalala or kung meron siyang na-offend na tao.
“Alam niyang may problema siya… ina-address niya ‘yon and he’s always sorry for it,” he said.
Reports said Clarete is already planning to file a case against Geisler, but this has yet to be confirmed by the actress’s camp. The actress, according to the “The Buzz,” continues to elude the press.
Geisler, for his part, vowed not to attend any parties so as to avoid similar controversies.
He said he is glad that he’s blessed with work, and that ABS-CBN management continues to have confidence in him.
“Sana huli na ito sa mga intriga… Ayoko ng lumabas, ayoko ng gumimik,” he said.
This was not the first time that Geisler was accused of sexual harassment.
The daughter of celebrity couple William Martinez and Yayo Aguila earlier sued the young actor for committing acts of lasciviousness and unjust vexation.
Actress Yasmien Kurdi also accused Geisler of harassment during the taping of a television series. She lodged her complaint before the Philippine National Police Women's Crisis and Child Protection Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.