Sarah Lahbati Lawyer: Lawsuits Not Yet Filed, Lahbati Flies Out Of CountryThe lawyer of Sarah Lahbati, Atty. Marie Glen Abraham, has clarified that the lawsuits reported in the media to have been filed by the actress against GMA Films President Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar have not been filed yet.
The comment comes after reports on Monday and on Wednesday that Lahbati has filed libel, grave coercion and perjury cases against Abrogar.
The lawyer also revealed that Lahbati has yet again flown out of the country. Abraham said that she does not know where exactly his client flew to.
In a report from 24 Oras, Abraham said that, “She just left last night. I think she had a flight 10 o’clock last night so she’s out of the country now.”
However, a report from the Philippine Entertainment Portal discloses that an unnamed person familiar with the matter said that Lahbati, along with boyfriend Richard Gutierrez and his mom Annabelle Rama, flew to Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Abraham said that they are partly the cause as to why the media reported earlier this week that Lahbati has filed the three lawsuits mentioned above. According to the lawyer, they did not clarify enough that Lahbati has only been made to swear to her affidavits for the lawsuits which will be filed.
“Medyo nagkamali kasi... kasi ang naano namin dun is we will be filing it,” the lawyer said in an interview with GMA News.
“So, nung may mga nagtanong na na mga media on the issue of filing, so we just used the lingo of 'filed' dun sa 'subscribed.'” Abraham added.
“Pero yun, we had the intention to clarify it when we were interviewed in Makati, but I believed that we were not... intensively explained that matter,” she continued.
Meanwhile, Atty. Abrogar has told GMA News that she is happy because Lahbati finally plans to file cases against her.
“I was happy talaga kasi, finally, di ba, babalik siya to face the charges so kahit ang tagal tagal niyang wala, uuwi rin naman pala siya which made me happy so… And okay yun for me, because I really wanted [the] truth to come out and yun ang purpose ko in filing my case. So if she also files against me, gusto ko rin yun because the truth will even come out more. So happy ako with the turn of events,” she said.
Nonetheless, the lawyer told GMA News that she is not open to settlement with Lahbati because she sees the actress can face the consequences of her actions.
“With what I've been seeing, I think kaya ni Sarah ang sarili niya and matapang na matapang siya. So I think she can face all the consequences of her actions,” Abrogar said.
“I’m not open to settlement,” she added.