Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar Files Libel Case Against Sarah Lahbati; Sarah Reacts: "I should be the one filing a case against GMA!"
GMA Network replies to Sarah Lahbati's allegations based on her tweets last night, January 9, 2013.
Sarah mentioned "It has been three days since Ms Annette Gozon Abrogar uses GMA news to bombard me and make my image look bad." GMA Network categorically denies this. GMA News has fairly aired both Sarah's tweets and the Network's statements thus she cannot accuse anyone of using the Network's News Department to make her image look bad.
Sarah added, "Why can't you give a statement about your involvement in ICONS management company dealing with GMA?" Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar reiterates that she never asked or referred Sarah to ICONS for a co-management contract.
According to Atty. Gozon-Abrogar, "The only referral to ICONS that was ever made was for branding assistance, not for co-management, in order to get more endorsements."
Sarah also mentioned about "fixing these issues privately" with GMA management. Sarah submitted her complaints last November 2012, which was promptly and thoroughly investigated by the Network. After the investigation, however, Sarah's allegations were found baseless.
Further, as stated in the Network's statement yesterday, January 9, "The Network found no proof of her allegation that there was an 'under the table' deal between GMAAC and ICONS Management. The Network has a policy of prohibiting and penalizing any such 'under the table' deal between any of its executives and employees and others dealing with the Network. This policy is strictly enforced and implemented."
In reference to her tweet saying "… I was even guaranteed protection by Mr. Gozon if I tell every detail, but when the blame pointed towards Anette, it became a different story…", Atty. Felipe L. Gozon clarifies that what he said to Sarah and her mother was that he was grateful to them for sharing the details about the ICONS referral issue.
Atty. Gozon, contrary to what Sarah is now claiming in her tweets, never guaranteed them protection, "She did not ask for protection and I did not guarantee that I will protect her. I cannot protect anyone who is not telling the truth."
To settle this matter legally, Atty. Annette, on Thursday afternoon, officially filed a "libel" case against Sarah at the Office of the City Prosecutor of Makati.
According to the advisory sent by GMA Network Corporate Coummunications, "Instead of trial by publicity, the case will now be brought to the proper forum.
"Once the case is filed, the subjudice rule applies and parties who continue to talk about the issue in public can be held in contempt of court."
Sarah on the other hand said she should be the one filing a case against GMA Artist Center (GMAAC). She tweeted:
"I should be the one filing a case against GMA Artist Center, I finished filming two movies and didn't get paid, I still have collectible cheques from guesting in different shows and out of town shows since 2010 that are UNPAID.
"My statements does not have malicious intention, I'm just telling the truth, because the people deserve to know the truth about the system of GMA Artist Center."
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