Deniece Cornejo allegedly uses eyebrow trimmer to carve the letters "W" and "R" into her wrist

The Philippine National Police say it was not a suicide try.

You truly can’t make up these things.

 

"On Sunday morning, July 13, Deniece Cornejo was said to have slashed her wrist in her detention cell at the Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (ATCU) building of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Camp Crame, Quezon City," reports ANC.

 

In a statement given to The Buzz on the afternoon of the same day, Cornejo’s lawyer, Atty. Salvador Panelo, said that his client did it as a "symbolic protest" against the July 11 decision of the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office to dismiss the second rape case she had filed against Navarro.

 

The report noted: "Panelo explained that Cornejo already withdrew the case on July 4, days before it was dismissed."

 

Here’s the rest of what he had to say:

 

"Deniece Cornejo slashed her wrists this morning to call attention to the injustice she is suffering from and as a symbolic protest against the July 11, 2014 anomalous dismissal of the rape case she filed against Vhong Navarro, a rape complaint which she already formally withdrew on July 4, 2014, so she could focus on her defense on the serious illegal detention and perjury case filed against her.

 

The dismissal by the City prosecutor of Taguig of the rape complaint already previously withdrawn by the complainant [can be classified as] grave misconduct and smacks of evident bad faith intended to further impair her credibility. She is presently in a state of depression and going through sleepless nights.

 

She is still in shock why she, who is a victim of sexual abuse, is languishing in jail. She decries the fact that powerful personalities in the movie industry have used their influence on the powers that be and the media to cast her as the heel instead of being the wronged victim."

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Meanwhile, the PNP clarified that Cornejo didn’t attempt to kill herself. In fact, they said, she had just used an eyebrow trimmer to inscribe the letters "W" and "R." The incident reportedly happened at around 3 a.m.

 

Cornejo’s uncle, Rod Cornejo, later explained in a text message to The Buzz that the letters "W" and "R" are supposed to stand for "women’s rights."

 

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