MANILA, Philippines – Actress Ellen Adarna was a no-show again at the Monday, June 11 preliminary investigation for a case filed against her by the family of a teenager whom she accused on her Instagram stories of being a paparazzi. It was her second time to miss the inquiry.
Instead, actor John Lloyd Cruz, Ellen's rumored partner, showed up at the Pasig Prosecutor's Office alongside the actress' legal counsel, according to a report by ABS-CBN.
The proceeding, which lasted for 30 minutes, was rescheduled to June 25 upon the request of Ellen's camp. Ellen also skipped the first preliminary probe into the charges filed against her.
It was unclear why Ellen did not attend the June 11 probe but based on recent Instagram story posts, she was recently in Cebu City for the wake of her father, businessman Alan Adarna.
Myra Abo Santos, mother of the teenager, filed the case against Ellen after the actress refused to issue a public apology. Myra said Ellen "posted a one sided narrative and insisted on erroneous and unfounded accusations" against her daughter, whom the actress claimed was trying to take a video of her while dining in a ramen restaurant.
The teen said she wasn't, but Ellen has insisted otherwise.
Ellen and John Lloyd have taken a hiatus from their careers following reports that they were pregnant with their first child. They have yet to confirm the news. – Rappler.com