Maine Mendoza denies involvement in scandalous video; camp to sue perpetrators of ‘deepfake’ manipulation
Maine Mendoza refuted being involved in a scandalous video circulating online, even as her management has threatened to sue those behind the deepfake-manipulated clip.
Mendoza was admittedly stunned after seeing the clip, which reportedly showed a woman involved in an obscene act with Mendoza’s face edited to replace the woman’s.
“Wtf???? Sobrang kamukha ko kinilabutan ako pero hindi ako to (Wtf? She really looks like me, but I am not her)!” the actress-television host stressed on Twitter on Dec. 22.
Mendoza’s tweet was a reply to a fan’s tweet asking fellow fans to report the said video and to “PROTECT MAINE MENDOZA AT ALL COSTS,” a sentiment shared by many netizens.
Wtf???? Sobrang kamukha ko kinilabutan ako pero hindi ako to! 🥲
— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) December 22, 2020
Mendoza’s management agency, All Access to Artists Inc., has since issued a statement likewise refuting claims that it was Mendoza in the video.
“All Access to Artists, Inc. and Ms. Mendoza hereby inform the public that the video is fake. It has been manipulated using deepfake technology,” read the statement shared by Mendoza’s manager, Rams David, on Twitter last Wednesday, Dec. 23.
“Ms. Mendoza is not involved in the said video and neither does she participate in the making of pornographic and other explicit materials,” it added.
— Rams David (@ramsdavid) December 23, 2020
Mendoza’s management also threatened to sue those responsible for circulating the video, noting that they “will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action against any person circulating the same.”
“We intend to hold those individuals criminally and civilly liable for the damage caused to Ms. Mendoza. We remind the public to be more discerning of the content they see online and to help us take down this voyeuristic and defamatory content,” the management said.
All Access to Artists Inc. also promised to work with the proper government agencies to take down the video permanently from the internet. /ra
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