Rita Avila Slaps Complaint Against John RegalaRita Avila filed a complaint against John Regala, who she worked with on the Kapuso news and public affairs "Wish Ko Lang!" last July 31. Rita said she suffered from verbal and sexual harassment from the actor.
She wrote to GMA executives Leogardia Sanchez-Matias and Kelly Vergel de Dios regarding the incident on July 31.
According to her letter, John was late for four hours for their taping that day. When he arrived, he already verbally abused the actress. Upon seeing her, he told everyone that Rita should have been his girlfriend before but she always had eyes for Jestoni Alarcon.
She simply dismissed it as a joke but John asked her if she would agree to be his girlfriend if he courted her before. She didn't say anything anymore and was just curious as to why John was acting that way.
Rita then realized he was giving a wrong impression about them. Although she wasn't comfortable anymore with what John was doing and saying, she still attempted to work with the actor.
The actress, however, was not able to hold her temper when John started saying things to her with sexual innuendos. First, they were sitting together listening to the director's instructions when John suddenly told her that he's looking for a medicine because he's always sexually aroused.
She was offended then, so she simply asked John about his wife and his family to divert the topic. John then told her he will leave his wife for her if she will be his girlfriend.
She replied with "yuck." Some of the staff laughed when they heard Rita. John asked her who she's with in their house. Rita answered that she's with her husband, director FM Reyes, who she married in 2003.
John asked if they were able to have a baby again, hinting that he's well aware Rita's and FM's son died of a heart failure three weeks after he was born in 2006. The couple wasn't able to have a child after that.
She walked out after that and told their director that she was pissed. She also texted her husband about John.
During one scene, John told her that they should take a shower together. In another scene, he hit her upper leg so she impulsively got up.
At this point, Rita wanted to walk off the set already, but she chose to finish the scenes because the episode was "for airing."
"I was also thinking that John might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so if I lose my temper, he might just hit me."
Because of severe stress, Rita twice threw up when she arrived home. She also had "severe bleedings" the following day. Her blood pressure also went down, and her doctors told her that it was because of stress.
The actress leaves to GMA Network what to do about John. She fears that he might do it, too, to other actresses. "I leave in your hands what you think is right for John Regala but I dont wish to work with him again."
Rita posted on her Instagram account about a certain "co-actor" who abused and offended her. She even showed a photo of the bruise on her upper thigh that John apparently hit.
She also re-posted a photo taken by her husband when she was inside the hospital because of stress. According to the actress, she was in the hospital for four days. She then thanked her friends and fans for praying for her speedy recovery.
"Wish Ko Lang!'s" director also confirmed that Rita already filed a complaint before the network's management.
Both John and Viva Artists Agency, which handles his career, have not spoken about the issue.