Cedric Lee’s camp speaks on his relationship with a singer and a former actress through his lawyer.
Lee clarified a number of issues, including his ties with singer Vina Morales and former actress Patricia Javier.
During the live episode of ‘Aquino and Abunda Tonight,’ host Boy Abunda said Lee requested an opportunity to address allegations directed at him in the wake of his involvement in the mauling of actor Vhong Navarro last January 22.
Atty. Howard Calleja, Lee’s legal counsel sat down with Abunda and co-host Kris Aquino to discuss several points, the first being the case of athlete David Bunevacz, who had a legal spat with Lee six years ago.
Lee and four others were accused of beating up Bunevacz, their former business partner in a cosmetic clinic, on the afternoon of November 27, 2007.
Bunevacz’s wife, Jessica Rodriguez, claimed in her affidavit that they were subsequently threatened by Lee’s group, supposedly over her husband’s anomalous handling of the clinic’s funds.
Rodriguez and Bunevacz denied this but was later charged with estafa even as they left for the United States.
With regards Javier and Morales, Lee’s former partners at different times, there was no truth about it, Calleja said.
Morales and Javier did not say anything bad to Lee.
The lawyer did not specify what he was referring to, although Morales recently went on record to deny that she was physically abused by Lee during their relationship, as earlier reported.
Morales and Lee became a couple in 2006 but separated not long after when the businessman reportedly rekindled his relationship with ex-wife Judy Lee, with whom he has two children.
Morales said she and Lee were no longer a couple when she became pregnant with their only child, who is now four years old.
The actress continued to have a good communication with Lee, who she added visited their daughter almost everyday.
Javier, meanwhile, recently spoke with ABS-CBN North America News Bureau about her relationship with Lee in 2005.
The former sexy actress refused to comment on the businessman’s row with Navarro but was open in recalling how she mistakenly fell in love with a married man, referring to Lee.
Javier was sometime interviewed about her breakup with Lee nine years ago.
She said that it was hard to have a break-up when both of them were still in love with each other.
Lee’s lawyer also spoke about Lee’s links to officials from the Philippine National Police in several of his businesses.
There is nothing wrong with having generals in your corporation, the lawyer said.
They are very respected people and they are already retirees, they no longer have any influence.
Lee is one of the eight respondents in the criminal charges filed by Navarro in relation to the January 22 mauling incident: serious physical injuries, grave threat, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, blackmail, and serious illegal detention, which is a non-bailable offense.
Navarro claimed he was set up by model Deniece Cornejo for an extortion attempt allegedly led by Lee.
The actor said he was blindfolded, tied up and attacked by six to seven men inside Cornejo’s condominium unit in Taguig.
He also alleged that his private parts were abused and recorded on video, which Lee has denied.
Cornejo alleged that she was rescued by Lee’s group from being sexually assaulted by the actor, which supposedly led to the mauling.
The Department of Justice has set the third hearing on Navarro and Cornejo’s filed cases on February 28.