Willie Revillame Lawyer Refutes Malicious Nature Of Boy’s DanceAs the controversy surrounding Willie Revillame and his current child abuse case grows, his lawyer has refuted the malicious nature of the dance a boy performed in his show in 2011 – the act which is central to this latest case against the entertainer.
In a statement which was recently released by Atty. Leonard de Vera, the lawyer said that the “body wave” dance the boy performed was not malicious at all.
“The ‘body wave’ dance of the child performed during the March 12, 2011 episode of Willing Willie is no different than those performed by other children in different shows like Going Bulilit and Showtime,” the lawyer said.
Furthermore, the lawyer is questioning why Revillame the only person being charged with child abuse when the dance is performed on other shows and social gatherings.
“This dance is widely accepted and performed in various social gatherings,” he said.
“Yet, only Revillame’s show was singled out and vilified in the media and now, the sole basis for prosecuting Revillame,” he added.
According to de Vera, the child has been performing the dance even before he went on Willing Willie. The lawyer said the boy performed the “body wave” dance in a talent contest at the Mall of Asia, for example, before he went on Willing Willie and performed the dance.
“There is no reason why an innocent performance by a child, which he has been doing for years, will be branded as child abuse just because he performed this routine in Revillame’s show,” De Vera said.
Furthermore, de Vera revealed that a child psychologist and child psychiatrist examined the boy immediately after the controversial performance on Willing Willie and found that he did not suffer from any child abuse.
Revillame is currently facing a court case for allegedly violating the Anti-Child Abuse Law (Republic Act 7610). Filed on April 27, 2011 by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the case alleges child abuse after a six-year-old boy danced like a “macho dancer” while reportedly visibly having tears in his eyes during a segment of Revillame’s show.