Comedian-host Vhong Navarro is back to work according to Star Cinema. On its official website, the ABS-CBN film outfit reported that Navarro is set to resume shooting for Da Possessed, his upcoming horror-comedy flick with Angel Locsin, this week. Da Possessed, which started filming in December 2013, is directed by Joyce Bernal.
Navarro has been on leave from his showbiz commitments for more than a month now after sustaining serious injuries due to a mauling incident which took place in a condominiun unit in The Fort, Taguig City last January 22. He named businessman Cedric Lee and model and aspring actress Deniece Cornejo as among the people behind the assault that left him severely beaten and traumatized.
On February 6, the It's Showtime host officially filed six criminal charges, including illegal detention and extortion, against Lee, Cornejo and six others, including Lee's sister and his male friends.
In response to Navarro's accusations, Cornejo and Lee filed counter charges against the actor. In her counter affidavit, Cornejo claimed that she was raped by Navarro on two separate occasions: during his first visit in her condo unit on January 17 and when she invited him again on January 22.
For his part, Lee admitted that he and his men beat Navarro but only to "rescue" Deniece who was allegedly being raped by the comedian when they arrived in her condominium unit on January 22. He also denied Navarro's extortion allegations, saying that he only asked money from the actor to pay for the damages in Deniece's condo unit.
On February 19, 2014, a certain Roxanne Cabañero filed another rape case against Navarro. Cabañero claimed in her affidavit that the comedian raped her while inside his vehicle in 2010. The aspiring beauty queen denied any connection with Lee and Cornejo. Lee has earlier claimed that up to eight women have contacted him and said that they too were rape victims of Navarro.