Halili files raps vs Belo et al. in sex video case

Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili

Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili

By Benjamin B. Pulta

Careless whisperer Actress Katrina Halili has charged cosmetic surgeon Dr. Vicky Belo and two other individuals in the complaint she filed in connection with spreading her sex video in the Internet.

Halili, with her lawyer Raymund Palad, went to the Department of Justice to formally file criminal charges against Belo, engineer Eric Johnston Chua and Dr. Mark Herbert “Bistek” Rosario for allegedly disseminating her sex video.

Dr. Vicky Belo of Belo Medical Group

Dr. Vicky Belo of Belo Medical Group

Belo is the former girlfriend of Halilli’s lover, Dr. Hayden Kho, who on Friday was slapped with charges of violation of Republic Act 9262 (violence against women and children) by the National Bureau of Investigation.

“I am including in my complaint everyone involved in uploading the (sex) videos,” she told reporters, adding that she suffered so much psychological distress, emotional anguish, public ridicule and humiliation due to the release of the sex video.

She further said that because of the release of the video, she lost projects and endorsement.

The actress took her oath before State Prosecutor Romeo Senson, who said that the complainant decided to include Belo, Chua and Rosario based on new evidence gathered in the wake of the NBI’s investigation.

Halili in tears during the Senate Inquiry

Halili in tears during the Senate Inquiry

Among these were the affidavits submitted to the NBI and admissions made on television interviews.

In his affidavit, Chua admitted that he had been instructed by Belo to copy the sex videos of Kho from his laptop.

Chua claimed that he could not have been the one who uploaded the video in the Internet because he had deleted it even before the sex video of Halili and Kho came out in the Internet.

He further said that he did not have the master copy of the video, and he gave that sole copy in the USB to Belo.

Halili’s counsel said that it was Chua who implicated Belo when she gave that instruction to copy and save the videos to a USB before deleting the videos in the laptop of Kho.

“So he has no copy at all and the master copy (hard drive) is in the hands of Belo,” said Palad.

The NBI earlier said it is not ruling out the possibility of including Dr. Vicki Belo as accessory to the complaint after businessman Eric Johnston Chua claimed in his affidavit that he gave the master copy (hard disc) of sex videos to Belo.

Meanwhile, the NBI said that it would coordinate with the US based Web site host, YouTube, to help open the log system that would unmask the person/persons behind the initial upload of the video.

Head Agent Palmer Mallari, executive officer of the NBI Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division (AFCCD), said they have to heavily rely on the technical aspect of the case to unmask those behind the initial upload on the Internet.

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Oprah Loses No. 1 Spot

The world’s Most Powerful Celebrities

She’s rich. She’s talented. She’s beautiful. And now Angelina Jolie is the most powerful celebrity in the world.

Thanks to the release of several blockbuster movies and an endless sea of media buzz, Jolie has dethroned Oprah Winfrey to top this year’s Celebrity 100 list, Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s ultra famous.

Jolie raked in $27 million in the past 12 months thanks to a movie schedule that included “Kung Fu Panda,” “Wanted” and the not-yet-released spy thriller “Salt.” Even more impressive: The publicity she garnered following the birth of her twins, as well as the consistent headlines she grabs for her philanthropic efforts and her relationship with actor Brad Pitt, who ranks No. 9 on the list.

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Winfrey drops to No. 2 on the list. The media maven has pocketed $275 million in the last year, making her the list’s top earner. Though viewership for her daily chat fest, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” continues to erode, her earnings remain unchanged from a year ago. In addition to Winfrey’s monthly magazine, she has a three-year, $55 million deal with XM Satellite Radio. Early next year, the self-made billionaire will roll out the lifestyle-themed Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications.

In a year filled with humbling bank failures and violent stock market swings, the earning power of the 2009 Celebrity 100 remained remarkably resilient. The cumulative earnings of the 2009 list totaled $4.1 billion, up slightly from last year’s $4 billion haul.

The primary reason celebrities are still making big money: Many stars are locked into long-term performance and endorsement contracts. If the economy does not improve, expect the downturn to catch up to the A-list next year.

The Celebrity 100, which includes film and television actors, models, chefs, athletes, authors, and musicians, is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online). The earnings estimates consist of pre-tax income between June 2008 and June 2009. Management, agent, and attorney fees are not deducted.

Rounding out the top five on the list are pop icon Madonna ($110 million), singer Beyonce Knowles ($87 million), and golfer Tiger Woods ($110 million).

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The Material Girl banked the majority of her millions on the road. Her “Hard Candy” tour rounded out 2008 as the year’s top-grossing international tour, raking in $280 million across 17 countries.

Knowles’ haul came from album sales, tour performances, films, a fashion collection, and a lengthy list of endorsement deals.

Woods’ pile of cash came mostly from endorsements, appearance fees, and a lucrative gig designing golf courses. He spent most of the year sidelined with a knee injury.

Among the newcomers on this year’s list: “Twilight” scribe Stephanie Meyer (No. 26) and country crooner Taylor Swift (No. 69). Meyer, who sold 29 million books and created a vampire frenzy, earned $50 million during the year-long period. Swift was the top-selling U.S. artist of 2008, banking $18 million off of a tour, album sales and endorsement deals.

Barack Obama joins the list as the first sitting head of state to land on the Celebrity 100. The President’s historic election last year helped him sell millions of books. He debuts on this year’s list at No. 49, with book earnings of $2.5 million for the 12-month period.

To make room for the new entries to the list, 37 bold-faced stars fell off. Among them: J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp. Rowling lacked a new “Harry Potter” book, while Depp failed to release or collect on an installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Sets Wedding Deadline

Jennifer Love Hewitt has told her boyfriend to propose within the next year.

The ‘Ghost Whisperer’ actress – who split from fiance Ross McCall last year – is keen to tie the knot with co-star Jamie Kennedy and his given him a deadline for popping the question.

She told US radio programme 104.7 FM’s Johnjay and Rich Show: “A timeline? By this time next year, if we’re not planning something, then there’s a situation.”

Jennifer denied reports the couple – who began dating earlier this year – had already got engaged after they were spotted at a Las Vegas jewellers buying a small ring.

She said: “A rumour has come out that Jamie and I supposedly got engaged. He was like, ‘No, no, no. That’s not true!’

“I was like, ‘God, would that be the worst thing in the world?! Excuse me, but just for a second, there’s a line of people who would probably be OK with that.’ ”

Jennifer has previously spoken about her love for Jamie, 39, claiming he makes her the happiest she has ever been.

She has said: “We just make each other laugh and we’re best friends. Even though we haven’t been together for very long we are very much alike.

“The fact he is so hilarious is what makes this relationship work. When you’re really funny, there’s nothing really bad that can happen. He is a realist and I am a dreamer.”