Miss Universe 2018 appeared at the office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila to file a complaint against the person behind her fake topless photo.
Hours before her appearance at the NBI, Catriona spoke to reporters at the launch of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) One Town, One Product (OTOP) program.
CONGRATULATIONS Queen Cat!❤️❤️❤️ . . Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is now the new brand Ambassador of One Town One Product Philippines which aims to promote Philippine made products.✨👏 . . Soar High Queen Catriona Gray 🥳😍 . . 📷: @jaysonsarmiento / @muning4life . . #MissUniverse #CatrionaGray #OneTownOneProduct #MissUniverse2018 #bbpilipinas2018 #bbpilipinas #binibiningpilipinas #binibiningpilipinas2018
In the said event, Catriona confirmed that she and her team are taking legal action against the person behind her digitally altered photo and would be heading straight to NBI after her commitment at the conferment ceremony.
Catriona confirms she will proceed to the National Bureau of Investigation today to take legal action on the person who downloaded her alleged topless photo. Gray's counsel Atty Joji Alonso already released a statement saying the photo was fake and digitally altered. pic.twitter.com/I9syfCpute— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) July 21, 2020
Catriona’s legal counsel Atty. Joji Alonso previously released a statement condemning the act and said that the viral topless photo of the beauty queen is fake and digitally altered.
“We are actively coordinating with authorities to hold accountable whoever is behind this scheme and face penal sanctions accordingly. We will likewise take legal action against those involved in the manufacture and publication of the said photo,” Atty. Joji wrote in the statement.
She added: “We strongly denounce this vicious attempt to tarnish the good name of Ms. Gray.”
The said photo — which has since made rounds online — shows Catriona a bathtub with parts of her chest exposed.
Meanwhile, the beauty queen’s conferment as the endorser of the DTI's OTOP program aims to benefit the arts and handicrafts industry as well as the weaving culture through the promotion of local fabric in the country.