Read ABS-CBN's statement on Noven Belleza's sexual assault controversy

ABS-CBN has finally released an official statement on the recent controversy involving one of its talents, Noven Belleza, a promising singer who was named Tawag ng Tanghalan grand winner on It's Showtime last March.

Noven was arrested last Sunday in Cebu City because he allegedly raped his 19-year-old textmate and fellow Tawag ng Tanghalan contestant (name withheld). (READ: Noven Belleza arrested, charged with rape of 19-year-old girl in Cebu)

Two days later, the case was lowered to "sexual assault" and the 'Tumahan Ka Na' singer was able to post bail of P120,000. As of this posting, he's now free and back in Manila.

A lot of netizens couldn't believe this news about Noven, even thought it's just a hoax, and waited for any TV reports to confirm if it indeed happened to the singer.

Cebu's local newspapers The FreeMan and SunStar first broke the news Monday, then it was later reported that day on PEP, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer and even on this 10-year-old blog.

ABS-CBN's TV Patrol almost reported it Tuesday night, already included it in its
headlines but it was removed at the last minute.

A day after the supposed report and 3 days after TV Patrol has finally reported the Noven Belleza issue just this evening, and even showed the network's official statement on the singer's case in Cebu.
screenshot from the TV Patrol's newscast, July 19

According to ABS-CBN statement, Noven has asserted he's innocent of the crime charged against him.

<“Noven Belleza posted bail today in connection with the charge of sexual assault filed with the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City. Noven asserts that he did not commit the crime charged and he will prove his innocence in the course of the legal proceedings”

No information yet as to how Noven is, what his plans are after being involved in a rape scandal. Let's just wait if he's gonna be interviewed about it on TV or if he'll be advised not to talk about it in interviews to avoid further damage to his promising music career. -

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