Earlier this week, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other news organizations reported about a rumored rape incident, which allegedly involved four members of the national football team, Philippine Azkals.
The players who got dragged into the controversy were Simon Greatwich (midfielder), Neil Etheridge (goalkeeper), Anton del Rosario (defender), and Jason Sabio (defender).
The incident reportedly took place at the house of their team manager Dan Palami. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
The girl’s name was not revealed by the media and press, but speculation arose that celebrity Michelle Madrigal could be the victim.
However, the Captain Barbell actress made it clear on her Twitter account that she’s not the "victim."
She wrote on July 12 (published as is): "Morning!don’t believe everything u read online or on the papers.its all rumors n accuzation.thanks to all my fans for being on my side and for the narrow minded people,may god bless u.let’s stay positive everyone! Think 1st sa tingin nyo ba kung nangyari talaga yun will be active on twitter? The boys don’t need this right now.lets pray that they win the game vs kuwait!"
It will be recalled that on the second week of June, she and Neil Etheridge reportedly went out on a date.
Michelle immediately denied having a romantic relationship with him.
On July 4, she posted: "People should stop assuming..I’m friends with neil,simon n anton.wala naman kayong alam kaya sana wag kayo gumawa ng kwento.don’t hate coz I’m cool w them!to all the fans I’m NOT dating neil etheridge.I don’t normally care about what people say but your words are hurting me deeply.thank u n godbless!"
For his part, Neil was quick to clarify with PEP.ph in a one-on-one interview with managing editor Karen Pagsolingan that he’s just friends with Michelle. "We have the same group," he explained briefly.