Baron Geisler Found Guilty Of Act Of LasciviousnessActor Baron Geisler was found guilty of the charge of act of lasciviousness by a Makati court today (July 1). The case was filed in 2008 by Patrizha Maree Martinez, daughter of actors William Martinez and Yayo Aguila.
The decision was contained in a 12-page ruling by Presiding Judge Barbara Aleli Briones of the Makati Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 61. It sentenced the controversial celebrity to a jail term that may last from six months to two years.
At the same time, the ruling orders Geisler to pay P30,000 for moral damages to the victim. During the court hearing, Martinez, was overheard thanking God while the ruling was being read. Through her council, the 27-year-old daughter of the estranged showbiz couple said she is happy that justice has been served.
Not yet final
On the other hand, Geisler’s camp through lawyer Carlo Alentajan emphasized that this court decision is not yet final and executory. In a media interview, he reminded the public that the ruling was just the first round of the battle. He disclosed that their camp is set to file an appeal to the ruling.
It was learned that Geisler was given up to six months to file an appeal to the decision. Logically, he is expected to file an action to the appellate court. Unfortunately, the actor could not make any comment about the court decision because he was advised to refrain from doing so.
The long and controversial court battle started from a casual incident that happened on April 26, 2008. According to Martinez, Geisler mashed her breasts while they were casually conversing with each other at Fiamma Bar in Makati City. She also alleged her attacker of asking her to have sex with him. She was only 21 years old at that time.
The Martinez family immediately went public about the incident after filing a legal complaint against the actor. Back then, they vowed not to stop pursuing justice until it is served. Geisler has asked for the family’s forgiveness many times.
Never learns his lesson
Aguila was hurt about that issue. It could be recalled that months before the alleged incident happened, she had been close to Geisler especially because both of them went as celebrity housemates at ABS-CBN’s popular reality show ‘Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition.’ In several media interviews after they filed the complaint, Aguila said she was hurt because she treated Geisler as her own son.
After the incident, Geisler was also involved in several other instances, wherein he was accused of making sexual advances to her alleged victims. Among those are actresses Yasmine Kurdi and Cherrie Pie Picache, who eventually decided to pull out their respective complaints after accepting Geisler’s public apologies, which happened many times.
It is an open knowledge in showbiz that Geisler has a problem with alcoholism. He has been to rehabilitation centers for a couple of times but he always gets back to his old vice. Just a few months ago, he was kicked out of his TV5 show ‘Kidlat’ for allegedly causing trouble in the set when he reported to work drunk.