Nakikipag-usap na sa kanyang legal counsel ang theater/movie/TV actress na si Dalin Sarmiento para sa kaso na isasampa niya laban sa direktor na si Joselito 'Jay' Altarejos.
Base sa mga impormasyong nakalap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), diumano'y sinuntok sa tiyan at hinampas sa braso ni Jay si Dalin para maging makatotohanan ang akting nito sa shooting ng isang eksena para sa In Saecula Saeculorum, isa sa official entry sa film festival na Sinag Maynila 2015.
Kinumpirma ni Sarmiento sa kanyang Facebook post ang paghahain ng reklamo laban kay Altarejos at ang pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga nagpapalakas ng kanyang loob.
Narito ang pahayag ni Dalin sa kanyang Facebook account:
"Thank you to everyone who replied. This gives me the confidence to fight for my rights (as an actor and as a person).
"We never had a script so I did not have an idea what the scenes will demand from me, and details of what we're going to do until right before the take.
"I understand there is a degree of pain involved when playing these kinds of roles because I have played battered women roles before.
"I just never thought that the pain would come not from my co-actor during a scene but from the director.
"I believe that his act was uncalled for, and downright wrong.
"I strongly believe that looking after my own welfare, health and safety is not wrong, and that I am entitled to it as a person."
ACTOR’S STUDIO EAST STATEMENT. Naglabas din ng official statement ang Actor’s Studio East bilang suporta kay Dalin:
"That director is crazy and needs to be blacklisted. No sane director would ever subject his/her actors to this.
"In all staged fights (or anything that requires a fight director), safety should be the priority. It just needs to look real, not actually be real.
"As you know, Actor's Studio East teaches effective, yet healthy methods/approaches to acting.
"One thing we, nor should anyone condone, is violence in the workplace.
"It's one thing to show violence in a film with pulled punches & edits, but it's an entirely unacceptable to physically harm your scene partner &/or the actors working under you when you're serving as a director.
"A director's job is bring the actors together as a whole, to create a masterpiece by respecting the actor's abilities & their own, and to keep things moving forward as smoothly as possible.
"These are all difficult feats, but never so difficult for a trained director that one needs to inflict physical harm on one of their actors.
"It has come to our attention that a director known by Joselito 'Jay' Altarejos has does just that.
"He has physically abused a female actress we're quite familiar with, and then went on to slander her name as the 'most unprofessional actress' he has worked with to cover his own woman-beating ass!
"This is unacceptable & we hope to see the fullest extent of the law applied to this asshole.
"We stand strong against violence against women, and we stand even stronger against violence towards ANY gender, especially in the workplace.
"This is intolerable, and we cannot wait to see justice served.
"Producers, actors, and agents alike: do yourself a favor, and never work with this pig!
"There is nothing more degrading & dangerous than working with someone who thinks they're above the law.
"We greatly look forward to seeing this abuser get exactly what he deserves."
LEA SALONGA’S REACTION. Ilang celebrities ang nag-react sa Facebook post na ito ni Dalin tungkol sa pananakit diumano sa kanya ni Direk Jay, kabilang na ang Broadway star na si Lea Salonga.
Sabi ni Lea sa kanyang komento sa Facebook, "That director is crazy and needs to be blacklisted.
"No sane director would ever subject his/her actors to this.
"In all staged fights (or anything that requires a fight director), safety should be the priority. It just needs to look real, not actually be real."
Sinabi rin ni Lea na kung siya si Dalin ay magsasampa rin siya ng demanda.
Ganito rin ang saloobin ng actor-politician na si Monsour del Rosario: "Yes, sue... or teach him a lesson in a dark alley..."
JAY ALATEREJOS. Kilala si Altarejos sa kanyang gay-themed films, kabilang ang mga sumusunod: Ang Lalake Sa Parola (2007), Ang Lihim Ni Antonio (2008), Ang Laro Sa Buhay Ni Juan (2009), Unfriend (2014), at Kasal (2014).
Nagdirek din siya ng ilang mga teleserye sa GMA Network: My Lover My Wife, Blusang Itim, Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit, at Legacy.
Sa TV naman ay nagdirek siya ng ilang episodes ng Wattpad series.
Noong 2012 ay nasangkot din si Direk Jay sa isyu ng diumano'y pangha-harass sa aktor na si Mike Tan habang ginagawa nila ang teleseryeng Legacy.
Dahil dito ay nagdesisyon ang pamunuan ng GMA Network na palitan si Jay bilang direktor ng Legacy. Ang nagpatuloy ng teleserye ay si Andoy Ranay.
Bukas ang PEP sa panig ni Jay Altarejos kaugnay ng mga akusasyon ni Dalin Sarmiento at ng Actor’s Studio East.