Vhong Navarro's lawyer: 'Cedric Lee threatened me'

Atty. Alma Mallonga claims that Cedric Lee threatened her into facing charges if she won't drop or settle the cases against him

BY MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE

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4/7/2014 12:00 AM
Vhong Navarro's lawyer: 'Cedric Lee threatened me'


040714-Vhong_main.jpgComedian Vhong Navarro's counsel, Atty. Alma Mallonga was unperturbed despite revealing that businessman Cedric Lee recently issued threats against her. 

Mallonga, in a Buzz ng Bayan exclusive report on Sunday, revealed that she received a threat directly from Lee ordering her to either settle or drop their cases against him.

"Last Thursday, may ipinaabot na mensahe sa akin si Mr. Lee himself na sinasabi na i-settle na itong kasong ito, drop the case or settle the case, or ikaw mismo Atty. Mallonga, humanda ka at magkakaroon ka mismo ng kaso," she said.

"Sa akin, ang unang dating noon ay mukhang ganito talaga ang gawain ni Mr. Lee," Mallonga added.

Third rape complaint

A third rape complaint was filed against Navarro last Wednesday by a 26-year-old stunt double with whom the It's Showtime host worked with for the soap I Love Betty La Fea.

The unidentified woman claimed in her affidavit that the incident happened in 2009 inside Navarro's SUV during one of the breaks while taping the show. While inside the car, the 26-year-old complainant narrated that Navarro forced her to perform an oral sex for him.

According to her, she has opted not to speak about the incident due to shame as well as the actor-host's celebrity status.  But her mind was changed, after rape complaints against Navarro were filed by Deniece Cornejo and Roxanna Cabanero 

"It is only now that i'm coming out to tell my story because I was inspired by the courage of other woman who are coming out now to seek justice and to tell the truth about Vhong," she explained.

According to Mallonga, the complaint could just be another ploy to divert attention from the series of cases filed by Navarro against Lee and his camp.

Lee is among the eight individuals who are currently facing criminal charges following their assault of Navarro last January 22 at a condominium in Taguig which according to them they did to him for allegedly raping Deniece

Furthermore, Mallonga says she wasn't shocked by the new rape complaint at all.

"Noong pagkalabas na pagkalabas pa lang nito, mayroon na siyang (Lee) sinasabi na mayroon siyang mga nakausap na babae. In fact, mga six or seven or even eight. Ang nakakatawa nga doon, at tinatanong, paano naman niya nalaman ang mga cellphone number ng mga babae nito kung hindi siya mismo ang naghanap," she explained.

The Da Possessed star's counsel ended that they won't give up their fight against Lee.

"Ang malinaw sa amin, hindi kami susuko sa takot, hindi kami patatalo sa takot," she said.