(SPOT.ph) Nothing drives the mob’s appetite for salacious news more than sex scandals that involve celebrities. At times, the mob isn’t even satisfied with leaked nude photos or "blind item" articles. Perhaps it’s because the Philippines has had quite a few sex scandals with lurid details or even more graphic evidence. We’ve compiled 10 sex scandals involving Pinoy celebrities, both real and fake, spawned by elaborate rumors that just won’t die down, videos that weren’t meant for public consumption, and explosive legal cases that didn’t quite get resolved.
Vilma Santos and Romeo Vasquez in the 1979 film Swing It Baby.
10. The "Betamax Queen" Issue
Scandal Status: Fake (Denied by party involved and no authentic evidence has surfaced.)
In the late 70s, a rumor went around that there was a Betamax tape that showed Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos and her then-boyfriend Romeo Vasquez (estranged husband of Amalia Fuentes and father of Liezl Martinez) in an intimate encounter. Santos was tagged as "Betamax Queen." A PEP.ph story noted: "It was later proven to be just a smear campaign against Vilma, when her business adviser Marichu Maceda dared that she [was] willing to give P1 million to anyone to who [could] give her the Betamax tape in question. No such Betamax tape came out." In another PEP.ph story, Santos herself said, "There was a time, na-tsismis pa na nagpakamatay ako dahil sa problema ko d’yan (I was rumored to have committed suicide because of that problem)...because of the Betamax issue. But again, you know, kapag alam mong hindi totoo, matapang ka, ’di ba (if you know it’s not true, you’re brave, aren’t you)?"
Luckily, Charito Solis got over the nasty rumor and went on to star in critically acclaimed films like 1968’s Igorota.
9. The Charito Solis-Mayor Arsenio Lacson Story
Scandal Status: Fake (May now be classified as an urband legend, no authentic evidence has surfaced.)
An article published in the FAMAS awards microsite discussed an issue that had hounded actress Charito Solis: "In 1962, what could be considered as the biggest unfounded rumor of her career struck: She was having an affair with Manila mayor Arsenio Lacson." Lacson served as Manila mayor from 1952 until the year he died. On April 15, 1962, Lacson died [of a heart attack] in his hotel suite. Rumor mills churned out that he was actually with actress Charito Solis and that he had the heart attack while they were in bed. The story was never verified.
Shaina Magdayao and John Lloyd Cruz were baffled by the nasty rumor.
8. The "Penis Captivus" Story
Scandal Status: Fake (Denied by parties involved and no authentic evidence has surfaced.)
In September 2010, a rumor went around that actress Shaina Magdayao and boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz were rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center due to "penis captivus." A PEP.ph report cited the British Medical Journal, which described it as a condition where "spasm occurs during normal sexual intercourse and prevents the termination of the coital connection of the partners." Magdayao dismissed the rumor, saying : "I think it’s the most outrageous tsismis ever sa industriya natin! Masyado ho yata siyang nanonood ng Grey’s Anantomy (I think it’s the most outrageous rumor ever in the showbiz industry! The source of this rumor may have watched too many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy)." As celebrities, she said, they wouldn’t have gone to a hospital if the rumor was indeed true because the incident would have been leaked to the public. Likewise, Marilen Tronqued-Lagniton, vice president for customer affairs of St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City, told The Philippine Star, "It’s totally untrue! They were seen at St. Luke’s walking to the nursery to visit John Lloyd’s cousin who gave birth."
Amanda Coling in her Showbiz Central interview.
7. Amanda Coling vs. the Philippine Azkals
Scandal Status: Alleged (Parties involved have different statements.)
In 2011, a model named Amanda Coling accused Philippine Azkals team members Neil Etheridge, Simon Greatwich, Jason Sabio, and Anton del Rosario of rape. The incident supposedly happened on June 2, 2011 during a party at the house of the team’s general manager, Dan Palami. The accused Azkals denied the allegation, while Coling’s lawyer, Atty. Apollo X.C.S Sangalang, sent a statement about the issue to the media. In the July 19, 2011 statement posted on GMA News Online, Sangalang noted: "(Coling) fervently hopes that the issue that involves her and certain individuals, will not be blown out of proportion, nor should it cause additional grief and harassment to her and to the others affected. Although she is a model and attracted to the limelight, it is never her intention to seek publicity at the expense of others. Neither did she speak out to cause divisiveness, or to promote negativity. What really happened on June 2, 2011, she would rather forget than remember."
Criselda Volks is now trying to live a quiet life.
6. The Criselda Volks Videos
Scandal Status: Real (Confirmed by party involved)
In late October 2008, the Net was abuzz with the fact that there were four video clips posted online showing sexy actress Criselda Volks and her boyfriend in an intimate moment. PEP.ph reported that in a November 2, 2011 episode of the The Buzz, Volks owned up to the videos. She simply disclosed, "Kami ’yon ng boyfriend ko ng five years. Kami ang magkasama, so automatically siyempre nagbi-video-han kami (That’s me and my boyfriend of five years. We’re together so automatically we take videos of each other)." Volks emphasized that the videos were not intended for public consumption and that she and her boyfriend were victims of an online leak.
Some may say that "scandal" is Ethel Booba’s middle name.
5. The Ethel Booba-Alex Crisano Video
Scandal Status: Real (Somewhat confirmed by at least one party who is directly involved.)
In 2005, a video clip surfaced of comedienne Ethel Booba stimulating herself, with her then boyfriend, basketball player Alex Crisano holding the cellphone used for filming the supposedly private scene. A Manila Bulletin Online article explained: "(The sex video leak) came about after Crisano had his cellphone repaired at a shop in Greenhills and the technician apparently saw (the clip). Crisano has reportedly threatened to get even with the technician." In the same article, Booba revealed that she suspected that Crisano’s reportedly estranged wife Michelle was behind the leak. Michelle dismissed Booba’s accusations but she went on The Buzz to confirm that it was indeed Crisano’s voice that could be heard on the video.
Patrick dela Rosa in an awful fix.
4. The Patrick dela Rosa Rape Case
Scandal Status: Alleged (Parties involved have different statements.)
In October 2010, Inquirer.net reported that former 80s "bold star" Patrick dela Rosa, then 45, and a member of the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Board, was arrested for allgedly raping "Roxanne" (not her real name), a 20-year-old college student. CCTV footage from the Regalia Tower in Cubao, Quezon City made the rounds. It showed Roxanne and another woman confronting De la Rosa in the driveway of the condominium after the alleged rape took place. In an ABS-CBNNews.com report, Roxanne claimed to have rejected a P2.5-million offer from De la Rosa. She also denied asking for P5 million from De la Rosa. Meanwhile, in a TV Patrol World report, three witneses who had previously supported Roxanne’s claims have recanted. De la Rosa is, as expected, denying that he raped Roxanne. Dela Rosa was eventually arrested and detained at the Quezon City jail. According to a 2011 report published on the Island Sentinel, a Mindoro community site, the case against Dela Rosa was dropped and he was released. He was likewise reinstated to his elected post in the province.
Pepsi Paloma was only in her teens when she became a "bold star."
3. The Pepsi Paloma Rape Case
Scandal Status: The complainant dropped the charges against her alleged rapists.
In 1982, Pepsi Paloma, an actress who starred in the era’s so-called "bold films," accused comedians Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and Richie D’ Horsey of rape. According to a PCIJ.org article, the actress, who was then only around 16 years old, sought help from then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile. Enrile, in turn, referred the case to the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRA). Enrile tapped Atty. Renato Cayetano to be Paloma’s lawyer. The three comedians later reportedly issued a public apology to her for whatever wrong they might have done and she subsequently dropped the charges against them. Some reports say the court cited "insufficient evidence" as well. In 1985, Paloma committed suicide.
Things got more complicated in the Ram Revilla case.
2. The Posthumous Sex Clip
Scandal Status: Real (Confirmed by only living party involved.)
On December 31, 2011, Philstar.com reported that Manahan has sought the help of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s (CIDG) Anti-Transnational and Cyber Crime Division in Camp Crame. Unfortunately, many DVD vendors are still selling DVD copies of the leaked sex video.
The Hayden Cam scandal dominated the news for weeks.
1. The "Hayden Cam" Videos
Scandal Status: Real (Confirmed by parties involved, with authentic evidence.)
In 2009, Dr. Hayden Kho Jr.’s seemingly cushy life with girlfriend Dr. Vicki Belo, 24 years his senior, got disrupted in a major way when intimate videos of him and other women were uploaded online. It was said that Belo got hurt the most over his dalliance with actress Katrina Halili, who was one of the endorsers tapped by the Belo Medical Group. Halili and Kho had also done the now-infamous "Careless Whisper" duet in GMA’s Celebrity Duets. The video of the actress and Kho was the first to surface. Kho claimed that the laptop which had contained the video files of his sexual encounters was stolen and that the thieves were probably responsible for the leak. The women in Kho’s videos appeared to be unaware that they were being filmed. Halili sued Kho for violating R. A. 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004) and a Senate hearing ensued. In December 2010, the case against Kho was dismissed. However, the Professional Regulation Commission revoked Kho’s license to practice medicine for two years. Nevertheless, all the parties involved in the "Hayden Cam" scandal were able to continue with their careers. Kho "reinvented" himself as a perfumer-of-sorts. One could say that he has never quite shaken off the scent of scandal.
Art by Warren Espejo, photos from PEP.ph.