Model Deniece Cornejo said that there is no malice on the kiss given to her by businessman Cedric Lee as seen in the CCTV footage inside the elevator released by the NBI recently.
According to Deniece, the kiss was nothing but an innocent gesture and it's just a manner of thanking Cedric Lee and other friends who helped her clean up the condo unit where the mauling incident happened.
The new CCTV footage released Thursday showed Cedric Lee immediately kissing Deniece Cornejo on both sides of her neck as soon as they got inside the elevator of Forbeswood Heights returning from the police station to file a blotter report on Vhong Navarro.
Meanwhile, Cedric Lee also admitted that he kissed Deniece Cornejo, not in the neck but in the cheeks, to comfort her. He added that it was normal for them to kiss like that since they're friends and what happened that night was just 'harutan' or playful kiss between him and Cornejo.
Cedric Lee also insisted that he has no romantic relationship with Deniece, saying that a girl like Deniece who has a somewhat chubby body was not his type.
Lee's spokesman, Atty. Raymond Fortun, reacting on Facebook comments in his page about the new piece of evidence said, "Maybe it's just me, but it looks like the girl didn't even want to be kissed. Others will think otherwise."
Fortun's replies, which include the lawyer finding Cedric Lee forcing himself to Deniece, were now deleted from his Facebook page.
In another CCTV footage presented during the preliminary investigation on Friday, it was revealed that 30 minutes before Vhong Navarro arrived at the condo on the day of the mauling incident, Cedric's sister Bernice Lee and two men (one allegedly body builder Zimmer Raz) were already there. The CCTV also captured Bernice going down without the two men.