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(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)?"