"I did not express, indicate, or imply that brilliance is an excuse to abuse anyone" - Boy Abunda on Baron Geisler
In response to comments on his The Buzz interview with Baron Geisler, Boy Abunda told PEP.ph yesterday, "I did not express, I did not indicate, and I did not imply that brilliance is an excuse to abuse anyone." The TV host granted PEP.ph an exclusive interview to react to statements by manager Ed Instrella, who handles Cherry Pie Picache, the actress who accused Geisler of groping her on set.
"Boy emphasized and underlined he’s (Geisler) such a good actor," Instrella said. "Parang justified maging bastos in the name of good acting! (As if his acting skills justify what he did.) It may not be what Boy wanted, pero ’yon ang dating (but that’s what it seemed like)."
Abunda told PEP.ph, "I said that he was brilliant. But what was the context? (Baron says) ’Tito Boy, I’m going to be on rehab for 90 days.’ I said... ’Baron, you are a brilliant actor. You will always have space in the industry.’ But, in no way did I suggest that brilliance is an excuse to harass anyone. It was in that context."
He denied interviewing Geisler with an agenda in mind. "To be accused of making him look good is wrong. And they are wrong. I went to the interview with an agenda to make Baron look good? I did not. Categorically, I did not and I will not."
Instrella also noted that Abunda hugged Geisler after the interview. To this, the TV host told PEP.ph, "Here is a boy who grew up right before your eyes in the hallways of ABS-CBN who decided to go on rehabilitation. You have to be compassionate. Yes, it was a show of compassion. It (is) good he is taking control of his life... My hug is not a declaration of his innocence or guilt."
Boy Abunda interviews Baron Geisler (Part 1)
Boy Abunda interviews Baron Geisler (Part 2)
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