Darren Espanto's legal counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan confirmed that there is an ongoing case filed against singer JK Labajo. In an interview with Cinemanews, the lawyer said that the case was filed last March by Darren's mother.
"Dalawang beses nag-hearing 'yung kaso since we filed it in March of this year and finile 'to ng mother kasi at that time minor pa rin si Darren but 'yung two hearings na 'yun sa office of prosecutor hindi nag-appear si JK and it was supposed to be submitted for decision.
"But recently when we checked the status of the case nalaman namin na kumuha siya ng abogado at nagpa-reopen ng case so nasa office of the city prosecutor 'yan kung i-reopen ang case pero may tentative hearing schedule on April 12. Pag ni-reopen ang second stage niyan magfa-file siya ng counter affidavit if he so desires or meron siyang mga question and answer from the investigating fiscal," Atty. Kapunan said.
When asked how the said case was brought to her attention, she relayed, "I have met the parents. They have a very strong sense of right and wrong and to destroy one's reputation at a very young age, I think it's wrong so they came to us and asked us kung merong legal remedies. Sabi namin oo cyber libel 'yan. We have seen the evidence here, the evidence is so strong and there could be no deniability na galing kay JK 'yung posting."
It can be recalled that it was back in October 2018 when a public feud ensued between Darren and JK due to a tweet allegedly posted by the "Buwan" singer. JK denied posting the tweet and said that his account was hacked that time.
Will there be a possibility for JK and Darren to settle the matter out of court?
Atty. Kapunan replied, "At the moment there is no possibility of settlement, at the moment. The last time we talked to the family mukhang raw pa, which is not to say it should not be settled kasi bata pa sila eh. They have their whole future ahead of them. So kung pwedeng i-settle 'yan out of court, i-settle 'yan out of court.
"Maybe in due time if there is sincere apology on the part of JK at hindi na uulitin maybe that would be an opening for the parents to consider and for Darren because he is celebrating his birthday. He will no longer be a minor so this is for him to decide soon."
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