THE Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday dismissed a rape complaint filed against actor-host Vhong Navarro by Deniece Cornejo for lack of probable cause.
“Since complainant Cornejo was unable to provide a logical story, the panel found no probable cause to indict Navarro for commission of the crime of rape,” the DOJ said in a consolidated resolution dated April 4, 2014.
The department ordered the filing of serious illegal detention and grave coercion charges against Cornejo, businessman Cedric Lee, his sister Bernice Lee, and several others.
A serious illegal detention case is a non-bailable offense.
Lee’s companions Zimmer Raz, Jose Paulo Gregorio Calma, Ferdinand Guerrero and Jed Fernandez will also be indicted.
The ruling, signed by Assistant Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas, said Cornejo, Cedric and the five others will be charged for violating Article 267 and Article 286 of the Revised Penal Code.
Navarro’s complaint described how he was blindfolded, tied and then attacked by several men led by Lee shortly after he arrived at Cornejo’s condominium unit.