Cedric Lee denies Vhong's 'extortion' claims

Posted at 01/27/2014 6:04 PM | Updated as of 01/27/2014 6:26 PM
Businessman Cedric Lee

MANILA – Businessman Cedric Lee denied that he and his friends, including Deniece Cornejo, were extorting money from “It’s Showtime” host Vhong Navarro.

This after Navarro said Lee asked him as much as P2 million for “damages” he allegedly caused to Cornejo.

“There are issues of extortion. Number one, we never extorted any money from him. It’s very clear in my text to him, which he can show to his lawyers or to the law enforcers. The text I said to him is for the damages caused by this incident. Damages to property. Alangan namang ako pa ang magbayad ng mga nawasak na TV at saka lamesa,” Lee told ABS-CBN News on Monday.

“At ‘yung sinasabi niyang robbery, wala rin akong ninakaw sa kanya dahil sinurrender po naming lahat ng gamit niya sa pulis sa harap niya, pati ‘yung kanyang mga sex pills, mga Viagra, lahat sinurrender namin doon,” he added.

Lee went on to defend their actions, saying Navarro was beaten up because he tried to fight back.

“’Yung sinasabi niyang illegal detention, ‘di rin naman uubra ‘yun dahil kami mismo ang nag-surrender sa kanya sa pulis. Hindi namin siya kinidnap, siya ang pumunta sa condo ni Deniece,” he said.

“Physical injuries, yes, nasaktan namin siya, naupakan namin siya dahil nanlaban siya, eh napilitan kaming gawin ‘yun.”

Lee said they are planning to file a case against Navarro over his alleged attempted rape of Cornejo “within the next couple of days.”