The first person to file rape charges against Vhong was model Deniece Cornejo. She said in her affidavit that the actor forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to insert his penis in her vagina on January 22. This was the same night Lee and his group allegedly came to her rescue. Navarro said he was blindfolded and tied up then attacked by at least six men. Lee and his companions has denied Navarro's allegations that they tried to blackmail him.
Asked to comment on DOJ's junking of the rape charge against Navarro, Cornejo's lawyer, Atty. Howard Calleja said, "We reserve our right to comment at this point in time because we have not received the copy of the resolution, and we also reserve our right to proceed with the legal remedies available for our client."
Navarro—who was doing his routine hosting duties in the noontime show It's Showtime when he got the news that the DOJ had junked Cornejo's case against him—cried tears of joy.
Navarro addressed the public, saying, "Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa ating Panginoon, especially sa madlang people, sa mga naniniwala, sa mga nagdasal, sa lahat po ng nagpalakas ng aking loob sa likod at sa harap ng camera."