Singer Noven Belleza back to Manila after posting bail on sex assault rap
CEBU CITY — Singing champ Noveen Belleza is heading back to Metro Manila after posting bail for the case of sexual assault filed by a 19-year-old woman.
Belleza, the first grand champion of Tawag ng Tanghalan, was released about 2 p.m. on Wednesday after posting bail of P120,000.
Judge James Stewart Ramon Himalaloan of the Regional Trial Court Branch 7 has not set the arraignment of the case.
Belleza, a rice farmer from Negros Occidental, was named grand champion in last March’s Tawag ng Tanghalan, a talent search aired on ABS-CBN’s noontime program “Showtime.”
Last Saturday, Belleza performed as guest in a comedy concert of Showtime top host Vice Ganda at the IEC Pavilion in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City.
After the concert, around 11 p.m., the 22-year-old singer was arrested by operatives of the Mabolo Police Station for allegedly molesting a 19-year-old local performer who also competed in the Tawag ng Tanghalan singing contest.
The girl complained that the singer sexually assaulted her while they were inside a condominium unit in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, about 2 p.m. of the same day. SFM
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