Lumalala na ang sigalot sa pagitan ni Sarah Lahbati, isang young talent ng GMA-7, at ang GMA Artist Center, ang talent management division ng GMA-7.
Marami ang nagulat sa mga bagong rebelasyon ni Sarah sa kanyang Twitter account kanina, Enero 7, bandang alas-diyes ng umaga.
Nauna nang naibalita rito sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang hindi pagkakasundong nangyari sa pagitan ni Sarah at ng GMA Artist Center.
Ito ang sinasabing dahilan upang pumirma ang StarStruck alumna ng kontrata sa Royale Entertainment & Artists Management ni Annabelle Rama.
Si Annabelle ang ina ng boyfriend ni Sarah na si Richard Gutierrez.
Huwebes noong nakaraang linggo, Enero 2, nang ipaalam ito ni Sarah sa publiko sa pamamagitan din ng Twitter. (CLICK HERE to read related article).
Isang istorya mula sa Sunday showbiz talk show ng GMA-7, ang H.O.T. TV, na ipinalabas kahapon, Enero 6, ang nagtulak umano kay Sarah upang maglahad ng mabibigat na akusasyon laban sa GMA Artist Center at ICONS.
Ang ICONS ang talent management company na pinamamahalaan ni Bebong Muñoz.
Ayon kay Sarah, hindi man lang daw kasi sinubukang kunin ang kanyang panig sa istoryang inilabas ng H.O.T. TV.
Ang naturang weekend show ay regularly hosted by Regine Velasquez, Roderick Paulate, Raymond Gutierrez, at Jennylyn Mercado. Ito ang pumalit sa Showbiz Central.
Sa kanyang Twitter post kanina, diretsahang sinabi ni Sarah na mayroon nagaganap na “under the table” deals sa pagitan ng GMA Artist Center at ng ICONS.
Idinawit ni Sarah sa kanyang akusasyon ang GMA Artist Center executives na sina Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar at Arsi Baltazar.
Si Annette ay presidente rin ng GMA Films at anak ng chairman at CEO ng GMA Network na si Atty. Felipe Gozon. Si Arsi ang pumalit sa dating namamahala sa center na si Ida Henares.
Ipinagtanggol din ng young actress ang sarili sa "walk out" issue at sa blind items na lumalabas ngayon tungkol sa kanya.
SARAH’S 21 TWEETS. Sa loob ng 21 tweets na pawang lumabas ngayong araw, Enero 7, ipinahayag ni Sarah ang kanyang saloobin:
“I saw the episode of Hot tv yesterday and I cried while watching how Gma made a one sided story about what’s happening...
“It was clearly to sabotage me and to make them look clean. I was never asked or contacted by Hot TV about my side of the story.
“I never wanted to do this.. it’s not my character to tweet all of this, but people need to know the truth, pinalaki ako ng parents ko ng mabuti, hindi para apihin ng ganito, and to always stand by what’s true. So here’s the complete truth...
“ICONS is a talent management company that has nothing to do with Gma Network, it’s not a subsidiary company of Gma Artist Center... there had been rumors for a long time that they work under the table for Gma artist center.
“Attorney Felipe Gozon our big boss, who I only have good words for, wanted to get to the bottom of this mess but didn’t have proper evidence.
“It became almost like a myth in the network. One day my mother & I was asked by Mrs. Annette Gozon Abrogar & Arsi Baltazar(artist center head executives) to have a meeting with them regarding my career.
“When I arrived at our meeting place in Fridays Tomas Morato I was shocked because they were convincing me to sign a contract w/ ICONS talent management that is headed by Mr. Bebong Munoz & Andrew Dee.
“They promised me projects and endorsements, I don’t know why two top executives of the Artist Center wanted me to sign with another... management company and get another 15% from my salary.
“After giving us a copy of the contract, my mother and I said that we will think about the offer & we will also discuss it with my dad.
“My family declined the offer because we didn’t know Bebong Munoz & Andrew Dee, plus the deduction of 40 percent was too steep.
“Mrs. Anette Gozon Abrogar and Arsi Baltazar told me that a lot of artists from Gma Artist Center already signed with the ICONS company and they will be prioritized so I should do the same.
“This is the reason why I signed a contract w/ Royal Artist (tita Annabelle Rama) dahil alam ko na Pwede mag pa co-manage w/ a different... company ang artists ng GMA.
“Because of double bookings & a messed up schedule & other unsolved issues, I needed proper management... & protection w/ my career, that’s why I asked for tita Annabelle’s help.
“After a few days I was asked by Gma to void my contract with... Tita Annabelle or else they will file a lawsuit against me.
“So why is it that ICONS management can co-manage artists? Why are they protected by Mrs. Annette Gozon Abrogar and Arsi Baltazar even if they get 40percent from artists salary?
“Yung walk out issue ko & diffrent blind items ginawa lang nila para mawala ang focus sa mas malaking problema, ang under the table... deals ng ICONS with Gma Artist Center.
“I was offered by the daughter of the Network owner to join a company that does under the table deals in Gma and subtract 40 percent from my salary.
“THERE IS UNFAIR TREATMENT WITH NON ICONS ARTIST LIKE ME.
“If Gma is releasing all this bad publicity about me and saying that I have bad behavior then why don’t they release me and void my contract?
“I ask Gma Artist Center now to void my contract with them because I will not have a peaceful and progressive working environment anymore.
“They have a messed up system and I hope all the underground deals will be cleaned soon.”
At press time, hinihintay pa rin ng PEP ang panig ng GMA Network tungkol sa isyung ito.