Julia Barretto takes legal action vs Jay Sonza over pregnancy rumor
MANILA, Philippines — Actress Julia Barretto has filed criminal complaints against former broadcaster Jay Sonza after he posted on social media pregnancy rumors about her.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cybercrime Division chief Victor Lorenzo told INQUIRER.net on Friday that Barreto filed complaints on cyber libel as well as the Safe Spaces Act against Sonza.
Lorenzo also confirmed that Barretto filed the complaint personally at the NBI Cybercrime Division around 11 a.m. Friday.
In a statement from Barretto’s camp, the actress said she sought NBI’s help to probe the “untrue and irresponsible“ Sonza’s statement.
“I am pursuing this case because the statements made by Mr. Sonza are untrue and irresponsible. The widespread reposting of the news based on his post caused distress to me and my family,” the actress said.
“I don’t want to take this matter lightly. Mr. Sonza, and all those who publish these reckless and baseless posts, must be held accountable for their actions so that they think twice before claiming things as fact,” Barretto added.
Baretto earlier called rumors of her being pregnant as “fake news” and posted on Instagram a photo showing her toned abdomen to disprove the rumor.
Sonza’s post claimed Baretto is pregnant with actor Gerald Anderson and that it only “proved that they were not barren.”