DOJ junks Deniece Cornejo's rape case vs Vhong Navarro

 
Photos courtesy of Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News
 
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the rape complaint filed by model Deniece Cornejo against actor Vhong Navarro.
 
The DOJ, in a 42-page resolution dated April 4, 2014, said it was very difficult to comprehend how Navarro could have raped Cornejo, noting that there was not even a single scratch on the model.
 
The DOJ added it was baffling that Cornejo did not agree to be brought to a hospital, which is part of the standard operating procedures every time a rape complaint is filed.
 
The DOJ said Cornejo was unable to provide a logical story and therefore the panel found no probable cause to indict Navarro for the crime of rape.
 
The Justice Department has found probable cause to charge Cornejo, Cedric Lee, Bernice Lee, Simeon Raz, Ferdinand Guerrero, Jose Paolo Calma and Jed Fernandez for the crimes of serious illegal detention and grave coercion.

In the resolution, the DOJ said it was clear that on January 22 up to the wee hours of January 23 Lee’s group deprived Navarro of his liberty, which is a primary element of the crime of serious illegal detention.

The DOJ said the group also inflicted serious physical injuries on the host-actor and threatened to kill him.
 
The DOJ said it is also clear that the group committed the crime charged for purposes of extorting money or ransom from Navarro in exchange of his liberty.
 
As for the crime of grave coercion, the DOJ said it was apparent that the group compelled Navarro to do acts which were against his will.
 
Meanwhile, the panel said the other complaints filed by Navarro against Lee’s group, including serious physical injuries, grave threats and illegal arrest, were already absorbed in the illegal detention charge.
 
The DOJ panel filed the case to the Taguig Regional Trial Court.

The camp of Cornejo refused to comment on the DOJ decision to junk the rape complaint which she has filed against the host-actor.
 
Cornejo’s lawyer, Atty. Howard Calleja, said they have yet to receive a copy of the DOJ resolution.
 
“We reserve our right to comment at this point in time because we have not received the copy of the resolution, and we also reserve our right to proceed with the legal remedies available for our client.”

Cornejo, in her first complaint-affidavit in the rape case she filed against Navarro, claimed that the actor forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to insert his penis in her vagina on January 22, the night the group of businessman Cedric Lee allegedly came to her rescue.
 
In a counter-affidavit submitted to the DOJ prosecution panel on a later date in February, Cornejo also claimed Navarro first sexually assaulted her when they were together in her Forbeswood Heights condo unit on January 17.
 
Navarro denied all the allegations and claimed that he was a victim of extortion. He said he was blindfolded and tied up before being attacked by at least six men, including Lee.
 
The actor has since filed six criminal charges against Lee, Cornejo and six others including serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, blackmail, and serious illegal detention, which is a non-bailable offense.

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