Pageant organizer files case vs Roxanne Acosta
MANILA, Philippines – More legal troubles are in store for the second woman to accuse actor Vhong Navarro of rape.
The organizers of the Miss Bikini Philippines said that they have filed a case against Roxanne Acosta, according to ABS-CBN.
The report says that Slimmers World filed the case last April 8 at the Makati Regional Trial Court, and the case was raffled on Friday, April 11 to Judge Max de Leon of Branch 143.
Slimmers World is demanding Roxanne to pay "for the damage sustained by the organization's goodwill and business reputation." This is in addition to corrective damages and legal costs.
The company said that the damages are in reference to Roxanne mentioning the Miss Bikini Philippines and organizer Slimmers World in various interviews and her complaint.
The organizer also mentioned the inclusion of the pageant’s name has led to being "publicly condemned for 'failing to protect its contestants.'"
But the report said that Slimmers World pointed out the Roxanne violated the rules when she accepted visitors during the competition which was not allowed.
Details surrounding Roxanne's account of the alleged rape have been the subject of much scrutiny, particularly the date and the location of the events, with Roxanne's legal counsel eventually clarifying that the rape happened “during the time of April 24, 25, 26, and 27" after reports surfaced that Vhong Navarro was actually performing at a concert in Cavite on April 24, the date first reported by media.
It was also clarified that the candidates were staying at Millenia Suites and not Astoria Plaza, after Astoria confirmed that the pageant contestants were never billeted there.
Meanwhile, a report from Pep.ph said that Roxanne’s camp reacted to the case she filed against the actor-comedian being transferred from the Pasig Prosecutor’s Office to the Department of Justice.
Vhong’s perjury charge against Roxanne is also reportedly with the DOJ.
Virgilio Batalla, Roxanne’s lawyer in a phone interview with Pep.ph on Thursday, April 10 said: “The problem is we find something not normal with the case. The DOJ took the case even without a resolution yet from the local fiscal.”
Vhong’s camp has denied manipulating the case in Vhong’s favor and maintains their stance that Vhong did not rape anyone.
On April 10, the DOJ dismissed the rape charges filed by Deniece Cornejo against Vhong, who suffered injuried after being mauled on January 22. According to the consolidated resolution released Thursday, April 10, the DOJ investigating panel also found probable cause to indict Lee, his sister Bernice, Deniece Cornejo, Zimmer Raz, JP Calma, Ferdinand Guerrero, and Jed Fernandez.
Most recently, another woman came forward to accuse actor-comedian Vhong Navarro of rape, which she said happened in 2009. Reports say that on April 10, Vhong, accompanied by legal counsel Alma Mallonga, filed his counter-affidavit against this rape claim in Quezon City. – Rappler.com
Editors’ note: In an earlier version of this article, the word “not” was inadvertently omitted in reference to Navarro’s stance on rape charges. This was a typographical error that changed the meaning of the sentence, but has since been corrected. We’re sorry for the error.