PEP EXCLUSIVE. Cedric Lee claims it was Vhong Navarro who begged Deniece Cornejo not to file attempted rape complaint: "Ayaw niyang masira yung career niya."

Cedric Lee denies romantic involvement with model Deniece Cornejo, who filed an attempted rape complaint against Vhong Navarro on January 22.

The businessman said she’s closer to his sister Bernice Lee, who also witnessed the mauling allegedly triggered by attempted rape.


Businessman Cedric Lee was firm in saying that the mauling incident involving comedian Vhong Navarro had nothing to do with money.

It was to defend model Deniece Cornejo, who filed an alleged attempted rape complaint, via a police blotter, at the Southern Police District on January 22.

In an exclusive interview with the businessman earlier today, January 27, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked: How come direk Chito Roño, Vhong’s talent manager, said the police blotter was “missing” when they went looking for it?

To this, Cedric replied, “Hindi po nawawala yung blotter. Nandito po, hawak namin yung kopya ng blotter.

“Kagabi [January 26], galing kami do’n. Andun din po yung kopya ng blotter, intact pa ho.

“Tawagan niyo po si Major Echo. Nandun po yung blotter sa kanya.”

(At press time, PEP is still contacting Major Echo.)



VHONG BEGGED. Deniece’s initial decision was to keep quiet about the "attempted rape complaint," according to Cedric, because the It’s Showtime co-host allegedly begged her.

Cedric said, “Siya po ang nag-o-offer.

"Nung ikukulong na siya sa kulungan, nakiusap siya kay Deniece, huwag siyang kasuhan.

“Baka masira daw yung showbiz career niya at saka yung mga anak, hindi raw niya alam… hindi niya maipaliwanag sa anak niya.

“Kaya kinausap niya si Deniece, pinatawad siya.

“Sinermunan na lang siya dun na huwag na niyang gagawin sa iba riyan, huwag na niyang uulitin, huwag na niyang gawin sa iba.

“Siya, siya’ng nag-request dahil ayaw niyang masira yung career niya. Ayaw niyang sumabog yung issue na ito.

“Nakiusap siya, e. Nakiusap siya sa presinto.

"Iyak siya nang iyak kay Deniece, nagmamakaawa, e.

“Masisira nga raw yung career niya, e.”

This was reportedly witnessed by some policemen who were at the police station that night.

Cedric said: “Ngayon, siya pa ang lumabas, binaligtad pa kami…”

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VHONG DID NOT STICK TO THE AGREEMENT. And the public began speculating, the fans of Vhong began bashing Cedric and Deniece on social media, the media began picking up all angles.

The frenzy over the issue, according to the businessman, was never part of the deal.

Cedric said, “Message ko lang kay Vhong e hindi siya tumupad sa usapan.

“Alam ko namang hindi na siya makapagdesisyon nang tuwid ngayon. Hindi na siya makapag-isip nang tuwid.

“Ang nagdedesisyon para sa kanya ngayon, yung mga nakapaligid sa kanya, yung mga nakaikot, kaya lalo nilang binabaan yung sarili nila, dahil kailangan na namin tuloy lumabas, sabihin yung totoo, ’di ba.

“Magkakakaso pa siya ngayon ng rape case, non-bailable yun, ’di ba?”

What if Vhong slaps them back with lawsuits?

“Sa akin, lahat isasampa niyang kaso sa akin, wala.

“Robbery, wala naman akong ninakaw dahil binalik ko sa kanya yung cell phone sa harap ng pulis.

“’Di naman niya ako puwedeng kasuhan ng kidnapping dahil siya naman ng mag-isang pumunta ro’n.

“’Di naman niya ako puwedeng kasuhan ng illegal detention dahil dinala ko siya sa pulis.

“Ang kakasuhan niya siguro sa akin ay physical injuries, which I admit.

“Lumaban siya, e, nanuntok siya, e.”

For his part, Cedric and Deniece are considering to file libel complaint against Vhong.


SPECULATIONS. Since the news erupted on January 24, people began speculating about the real score between him and Deniece.

“Wala. Kaibigan,” Cedric answered.

He said he has been friends with the model for “two years” now.

Cedric added, “But she’s closer to my sister [Bernice Lee]. They’ve known each other for four years.”

Do they go out?

“Yeah, occasionally. Groups.”

Some Netizens claimed that he owns the condo unit of Deniece in Forbeswood Parklane, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, in Taguig City,

Cedric was quick to say, “No. Condo po ni Deniece.

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"Nire-rent lang ni Deniece yung unit na yun. Bagong tenant lang po siya ro’n.”

Anna Pingol of YES! magazine asked: “She’s not your girlfriend?”

“Hindi po. May asawang tao po ako.”

Going back to the mauling incident, how many people attacked Vhong?

Cedric replied, “Two,” not six.

He added, “Yung mga ibang kasama namin, sinundo lang kami sa elevator para samahan kami sa Southern Police.”

Lastly, he gave the public a heads-up: “Hindi po ako marunong mag-Twitter.”

So, any existing post under his name, according to Cedric, did not come from him.

He resumed, “Hindi ako marunong…ni walang Facebook, wala akong Twitter. Wala akong Instagram.

“Nakakahiya man aminin, computer-illiterate po ako.

"Pati email ko po, sekretarya ko pa ang nagpi-print for me.”


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