Vhong Navarro Is Traumatized By Mauling EventsVhong Navarro said it took such a hard time for him to be present in another press conference for his new movie, "Da Possessed," which will star him alongside Solenn Heussaff.
He only wanted to say thank you to those who helped him move on from the mauling incident last January, which took place inside the condominium unit of model-stylist Deniece Cornejo in Taguig City.
There, Vhong was attacked and threatened apparently by Chinese businessman Cedric Lee and a group of men because he allegedly raped Deniece.
Vhong denied the rape incident. Another rape complaint was filed against him by former beauty queen Roxanne Cabanero, but Vice Ganda swore Vhong was with him in a concert in Cavite the night Roxanne said she was raped.
The comedian-TV host said he cannot pinpoint what exactly it is that he lost, but he felt that his confidence wasn't there anymore. He was simply traumatized.
Direk Joyce Bernal asked Vhong to return to his normal form--before the incident happened. Direk Joyce also asked Solenn to help Vhong go back to normal.
"Ang gusto ko lang talaga at lagi ko itong iniisip... kahit anong dumating na pagsubok sa buhay, ang importante sa akin ay magpasaya ng tao. Hindi ko iniisip kung ano ang nangyayari sa buhay ko, kasi kung anong dumating sa buhay ko... dumating ito. Binigay ni God ito."
With the help of the "madlang pipol," Vhong knows he can surpass what happened to him. He also thanked his friends and family who have all been there for him.
What's important for him is to be able to make the people happy.
Vhong came back to shooting the movie and taping for "It's Showtime" a month after the incident. When they were shooting for "Da Possessed," there was a line there that he cannot deliver. Direk Joyce joked if he wants to be replaced.
Vhong just joked that Direk Joyce has no choice because they have a playdate, a deadline.
He never thought that something like that incident can happen to him. He only watches those scenes on television. He only hopes that he can move on from it and that nothing like that will happen to anyone.
When he came back, he admitted that he was nervous because he knows that he cannot please everyone. Although he was telling the truth, Vhong knows it doesn't mean that everybody believe him.
In the movie, he was more nervous because it was something different again. It feels like he was starting over.
Meanwhile, does he have something to do about why Ellen Adarna was not included in the movie? Ellen was supposed to play his leading lady, but Solenn was chosen at the last moment. Ellen is supposedly connected to Cedric.
Vhong said he told Solenn when he met her that he wants to be paired with her in a movie. But at that time, Solenn cannot do one under Star Cinema because she was exclusive to Regal Films. It was the management's decision why Ellen was replaced. Vhong said there were other projects for Ellen.
John Paul Abellera of Star Cinema said that the management had to make a decision regarding Ellen. No cast member can persuade the management to replace someone.
They tried to get other actresses after they learned that Ellen cannot be in the movie, but all actresses have projects. Ellen is currently starring in the Kapamilya afternoon soap "Moon of Desire."
Angel Locsin was also supposed to star in the film, but her schedule did not allow her.
Did Vhong want Ellen to be replaced? "Ayokong mamersonal pagdating sa ganun. Kasi artista si Ellen, bakit naman natin gaganunin?"
Vhong said he can only suggest, but it is still up to the management to decide what to do with the movie. Is he willing to be paired with Ellen in another project? Yes, Vhong said.