Vhong Navarro Latest News: Department of Justice Dismisses Deniece Cornejo Rape Complaint

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
April 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

In the latest turn of events in the Vhong Navarro case, the Department of Justice has dismissed the rape complaint from Deniece Cornejo, further bolstering Navarro’s story of innocence.

Navarro went to Cornejo’s apartment on January 22, after which he says he was attacked and tied up before becoming a victim of extortion.

Navarro, a well-known Filipino actor and host at ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime,” had to spend weeks in the hospital undergoing a series of surgeries because of the severity of the beating.

Cornejo alleged that she was raped by Navarro, only after which her friends, including Cedric Lee, restrained Navarro and made a citizen’s arrest.

The Department of Justice said in its complaint that it was basically incomprehensible that Cornejo was raped because there wasn’t a scratch on her body, reported ABS-CBN.

Justice officials added that it was baffling that Cornejo didn’t agree to be brought to a hospital to undergo observation because that’s part of the standard procedure every time a rape complaint is filed.

In addition, the sequence of events Cornejo claimed in her affidavit didn’t make sense, the officials said. 

It is extremely difficult to comprehend how such scenario of shouting, struggling and running to the lobby of the Forbeswood Heights condominium could have escaped the ears of the people in the neighboring units or in the halls of the condominium,” they said in the dismissal.

The criminal charges against Cornejo, Lee, and the others with their group–including serious physical injuries, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, and blackmail–are still under consideration.


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