MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Closed-circuit camera television (CCTV) footage supports the story of actor and TV host Vhong Navarro regarding the circumstances around his mauling, a source at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Tuesday.
ABS-CBN News has secured screenshots of one of the CCTV footage taken at Forbeswood Heights Condominium in Taguig City where Navarro was allegedly attacked by a group of men led by businessman Cedric Lee.
The NBI now has 3 raw footage taken at the condo. One camera is in the building's entrance and exit, another is at the elevator, while the third one is in the lobby.
An NBI source said Navarro's statement is consistent with the CCTV footage, including the time and people mentioned in the alleged mauling incident.
The footage shows businessman Cedric Lee and his companions carrying a tied-up Navarro leaving the elevator and the condominium.
It shows 6 men and two women.
CORNEJO LEAVES CONDO, LEE ARRIVES
Lee claimed that he and his sister arrived in Cornejo's condominium unit and found Navarro on top of the model, trying to rape her.
He said they were supposed to pick up Cornejo late on January 22 when they heard her screaming inside her unit.
He said since her front door was unlocked, they went inside and found Cornejo fighting off Navarro’s advances.
"Ang instinct ko, I grabbed him from the back at hinila ko pababa ng kama. Si Deniece ay tumakbo sa sister ko at inilabas na siya sa condo unit. Naiwan dun sa condo, ako at ‘yung lalaki na di ko pa kilala ay si Vhong," Lee recalled.
The CCTV footage, however, tells a different story.
Around 22:38 or 10:38 pm of January 22, Navarro is seen entering the condo's lobby.
At 10:39 p.m., the TV host is inside the elevator going up the condo.
At 10:40 p.m., a woman identified as Cornejo is seen leaving the condo, which means Lee could not have witnessed Navarro on top her in her room as he has alleged in several interviews.
A minute later, 10:41 p.m., a man identified as Lee enters the condo.
Several men, believed to be Lee's companions, are seen entering the condo two minutes later.
The woman is also seen leaving the condo again.
The NBI said it is studying the timeline to see if it supports Cornejo's claim of attempted rape by Navarro.
Navarro, in his interview aired on ABS-CBN Sunday, said he was surprised by Lee's arrival while he was visiting Cornejo.
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