Model allegedly involved in Azkals rape case cries "harassment" over controversy
(SPOT.ph) The model involved in the alleged Azkals rape case has finally broken her silence on the issue after she was suddenly pulled out from the performing roster of last night's FHM Sexiest Women of the World show, reports PEP.ph. The Azkal players accused of gang-rape are Simon Greatwich, Neil Etheridge, Anton Del Rosario, and Jason Sabio-all of whom denied the allegations.
In an ABS-CBN report, the model's lawyer Apollo Sangalang explained that his client was taken out of the program when the management learned about her involvement in the rape scandal. "We've been rehearsing for days. I gave my heart to it... They pulled me out of the show, wala naman akong ginagawa to everyone," she said, adding, "(Removing me from the show is) harassment. This is my job and I insisted that I'd be part of the show." The model, who just graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Physics degree, requested not to be named since her family is unaware of the situation.
She also refused to talk about the alleged rape. "I've already referred that matter to my lawyer and he advised me not to be out in the open until we have studied the case thoroughly including the ramifications. And so far, no comment on that issue that I cannot prove at this point." She also clarified that this was neither a publicity stunt nor does she want to shed bad light on the football team. "She knows that these Azkals are very popular right now. Public sympathy will not be on her side. So, these are some of the matters she is thinking about and reflecting on," Sangalang said, adding that his client even changed her phone number because she has been receiving harassing messages.
FHM magazine, however, yesterday announced that they were not responsible for removing the model who was supposed to be part of a condom brand’s dance number for the bash. "Yes, she was pulled out. It's the brand's prerogative because it's their segment buy in the show... We just want to make it clear, hindi FHM ang nagpa-pull out sa kanya," said an unnamed FHM representative to PEP.ph.
Meanwhile, Azkals team manager Dan Palami deemed the issue "unfortunate and an unnecessary distraction." "It is unfortunate that as we prepare for one of the most important matches, issues that are based on sources that have been proven to be non-credible are being used to malign several members of the team," he said, referring to rape "whistleblower" Paul Weiler, who made the accusations. Palami told PEP.ph that he hopes the issue would subside while the Azkals are out of the country training for their upcoming match against Kuwait.