Deniece Cornejo: Cedric Lee’s Kisses on Elevator Were an Innocent Gesture

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
February 16, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Deniece Millet Cornejo has denied that Cedric Lee’s kisses on the elevator in her apartment building meant much, claiming that they were just an innocent gesture.

Cornejo said on GMA over the weekend that she was thanking Lee and his friends who allegedly helped “rescue” her after Vhong Navarro allegedly tried to rape her.

Lee kissed Cornejo once on each cheek in the elevator. The kisses were caught by CCTV footage.

Navarro, on the other hand, says that Cornejo, Lee, and others conspired to tie him up, beat him, and attempt to blackmail him.

CCTV footage and text messages from Lee to Navarro appear to back up Navarro’s story.

A temporary restraining order and gag order filed by Cornejo against Navarro was denied over the attempted rape claim.

Instead, criminal charges including illegal detention–a non-bailable offense–were filed against Cornejo, Lee, and three others allegedly involved in the beating and extortion attempt.

It is believed that Raymond Fortun, Lee’s attorney and spokesman, resigned in part over Cornejo’s statement of innocence in regards to the kisses.

Fortun said in a letter to Lee that someone from Lee’s group made a statement without the consent of the group’s lawyers, including Fortun himself.


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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.