Tawag ng Tanghalan’s first ever grand champion Noven Belleza is allegedly facing rape charges in Cebu City, according to a report by Pep.ph.
Belleza, 22, recently emerged as the first singing grand champion of the popular noontime show It’s Showtime. He was reportedly in Cebu as guest performer in the concert Pusuan Mo Si Vice Ganda sa Cebu held last Saturday, July 15 in IC3 Convention Center. Belleza was earlier detained in Mabolo Police Station but is currently under hospital arrest after having chest pains.
Chief Inspector Jacinto Mandal Jr., head of Mabolo Police Station in Cebu City, told Pep.ph said he can’t give details about the case since it is considered a private crime.
“I cannot divulge you the name of the victim,” he explained.
“Kilala mo na naman ang suspect, pero I cannot give you the specifics.”
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According to Mandal, Belleza has denied the accusations against him.
Based on a report by The Freeman, the rape incident occurred in the early morning of July 15 inside a condo unit where Belleza was staying. The 19-year-old victim, who happens to be Belleza’s friend, is also a local performer in Cebu.
The victim claimed that Belleza physically hurt him when she tried to stop him from making advances.
According to the victim, she didn’t expect Belleza to do such crime since she has known him to be kind. She and her family are determined to pursue a complaint against the singing champ so that Belleza won’t be able to victimize other people.
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As of this writing, Belleza’s camp is yet to answer the allegations against him.