Tito Sotto says the alleged Pepsi Paloma scandal was a "gimmick"
He also blames her death on her supposed drug use.
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(SPOT.ph) In a radio interview with DZMM's Alvin Elchico yesterday, March 3, Sen. Tito Sotto denied any involvement in the alleged gang rape of '80s sexy star, Pepsi Paloma.
Just to quickly refresh your memory, a 14-year-old Paloma (and another actress named Guada Guarin) were allegedly drugged and gang raped by Eat Bulaga hosts Joey De Leon, Vic Sotto, and Richie D'Horsie. Tito Sotto's involvement was when he reportedly forced Paloma to sign an affidavit of desistance by placing a gun in front of her. In exchange for the dismissal of rape charges, the three hosts issued a public apology that was published in People's Journal in 1982.
It was in 1985 when she was found hanging inside a closet. As far as investigators were concerned, it was clearly a suicide over monetary problems, but her manager didn't think so; she was at the height of career with multiple project offers. To this day, it is still unclear if her rape case had something to do with her "suicide."
In the March 3 interview for DZMM's elections special, Ikaw Na Ba?, the senatorial candidate dismissed her case as a gimmick. "Gimik ho ni Rey dela Cruz (Paloma's manager) 'yon. Hindi ho totoo 'yon," he said. "Pinagtangkaan nilang magkaso kasi tinira sila ng libel nina Vic [Sotto] at Joey [De Leon]. Idinemanda sila ng libel kaya pinagtangkaan nilang balikan ng kaso. Hindi po totoo 'yon, wala pong katotohanan."
He also denied any involvement, saying, "1988 po ako naging vice mayor ng Quezon City. Matagal na hong wala 'yong kwentong 'yon. 1982 ho 'yong kwentong 'yon eh. So, wala ho akong pakialam sa isyung iyan noong araw."
Instead, he blamed Paloma's death on drug use.