Deniece Cornejo Files Rape Case Against Vhong NavarroModel Deniece Cornejo has finally filed a rape case against "It's Showtime" host Vhong Navarro. This is despite the fact that there was no penetration that happened.
Atty. Howard Calleja, Deniece's legal counsel, said penetration is not anymore required in order for an act to be considered rape. That is the basis of their case moving from attempted rape to rape.
Deniece said she will push through with the case to teach Vhong a lesson. Even after forgiving him for what he did, Vhong still decided to reveal what happened and drag all their reputations to the mud, the model said.
"Kung ikakamatay ko, kung ikakakulong ko, hindi ako natatakot. At least, may ginawa akong kabutihan at naturuan ng leksiyon, hindi lang si Kuya Vhong at yung mga taong walang utang na loob."
Atty. Connie Aquino, another one of Deniece's legal counsel, said they are confident "a crime has been committed," referring to the rape case.
Vhong earlier denied trying to force himself to Deniece. He said he is not a rapist, and is a victim of extortion and intimidation through blackmail. He alleged that Deniece, together with Chinese businessman Cedric Lee and six other people, tried to extort P2 million from him.
He was apparently tied, gagged and blindfolded before being violently attacked and mauled. He was also apparently forced to admit a crime (rape) he never did.
Atty. Howard said that before, a rape will only be committed if there is penetration and contact. However, in the current version of the law, it already allows the term "rape" to be used when the sexual organ of the accused touches any part of the body of the victim.
Deniece's camp is also not bothered by the release of the CCTV footage showing Vhong's arrival in the condominium unit and shortly being followed by Cedric and his group. She said there was no CCTV footage inside the room, so only Deniece can tell what really happened there.
According to Deniece's version of the tale, Vhong forced himself to her and tried to rape her when Cedric and his friends came to the rescue. They said they only punched and attacked Vhong because he was fighting off the "citizen's arrest" they were trying to do.
Vhong, on the other hand, filed five different cases against Deniece, Cedric and the group before the Department of Justice. These are: serious illegal detention, serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion and unlawful arrest.