The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday filed criminal charges against businessman Cedric Lee, model Deniece Cornejo and five other respondents before the Taguig City Regional Trial Court (RTC).
The DOJ filed the charges for serious illegal detention and grave coercion against Lee and Cornejo, as well as five other respondents in the case filed against them by actor-comedian Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro.
In a 42-page consolidated resolution dated April 4, 2014 which was approved by Prosecutor General Claro A. Arellano and signed by the members of the panel who investigated the case, probable cause was found to recommend the filing of the criminal charges against the seven respondents.
Aside from Cedric and Cornejo, also charged for serious illegal detention and grave coercion were Bernice Lee, Simeon Raz, Jose Paolo Calma, Ferdinand Guerrero and Jed Fernandez.
The panel of prosecutors is composed of Assistant State Prosecutors Olivia Torrevillas, Hazel Decena-Valdez and Mari Elvira Herrera.
The panel found three elements in the case for serious illegal detention in the complaint filed by Navarro, including deprivation of liberty and infliction of serious physical injuries.
The seven respondents were also charged for grave coercion for forcing Navarro to sign in the blotter against his own will.
Meanwhile, DOJ dismissed the rape case filed by Cornejo against Navarro.
According to the DOJ, the rape case could not have been committed under the circumstances stated by Cornejo in her affidavit because it appears that no one heard her shouting, the door of her condo unit was open, and she had no bruises in her body and she did not ask to be brought to the hospital. PNA