Vhong Navarro Latest News: ABS-CBN Host Hounded by Angry Crowd Over Third Rape Accusation

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 30, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Vhong Navarro was hounded by an angry crowd that surrounded him outside the Quezon City Hall of Justice.

Navarro was initially accused of rape by model Deniece Cornejo, who said that the situation happened on January 22.

However, the country’s Department of Justice later dismissed the claim, citing a lack of evidence. Instead, Cornejo and her group, including businessman Cedric Lee.

As that situation was unfolding, another woman, Roxanne Cabanero stepped forward and accused Navarro, a host on ABS-CBN show “It’s Showtime” and an actor, of raping her several years ago.

Again, a lack of evidence, including several aspects that appeared to show Cabanero was lying, has led to the claim likely not advancing in court. Navarro’s lawyer said that she believes Lee coerced Cabanero into stepping forward.

A third woman, a stunt double, came forward in early April to accuse Navarro of raping her in 2009, during a taping of the telenovela “I Love Betty La Fea.” 

Navarro appeared at the Quezon City Hall of Justice in regards to this third claim. He was just stepping out of the office of Assistant City Prosecutor Nilda Ordoño when he was confronted by the stunt double’s supporters—who included Roxanne Cabañero, the second rape complainant; and Florencia Cornejo, the grandmother of the first complaint, Deniece Cornejo, reported the Philippine Inquirer.

Cabanero hurled her sunglasses at Navarro as a group with white shirts that read “Justice for rape victims. Jail the serial rapist,” surrounded Navarro.

Security with ABS-CBN led him through the crowd. 

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