Philippine actor Vhong Navarro has denied attempting to sexually assault a 22-year-old student before he was beaten up, saying that he was forced to say that he had attempted to rape the student by men who held him at gunpoint.
He said that even at the police station afterward he couldn’t tell the truth because he felt that his wife and son were in danger.
The situation upset Anne Curtis, Navarro’s fellow ‘It’s Showtime” host, who shed tears while offering a prayer for Navarro after he was attacked.
The police blotter showed that Ferdinand Navarro (Vhong’s real name) admitted to sexually assaulting the unidentified student, after he came to her apartment with a take-out dinner.
Navarro allegedly followed her into her room and tried to take off her clothes.
However, the report then says that two men then made a “citizen arrest” to rescue their friend from Navarro, and then took him to the police station.
But Navarro said that the men actually held him at gunpoint and threatened him and his family.
He told Buzz Ng Bayan that his death flashed through his mind while the men were threatening him.
“I’m not a rapist. I don’t do drugs. I’m a God-fearing person. I love my family,” he said from his hospital bed on Sunday. “I want justice. I want someone to pay for what happened to me,” Navarro said. “I’m scared for my kids, for my family. These people threatened to hurt my family if I would tell the police what really happened.”
Navarro said that the men recorded the video as an extortion attempt, telling him that they wouldn’t leak it to the media if he paid them an undislosed sum.
A source privy to the investigation told the Philippine Inquirer that Navarro’s story was true.