Kakai Bautista has received a letter from the camp of Mario Maurer demanding the comedienne to refrain from mentioning the Thai actor again or else legal actions would be taken.
PEP reported that the notice was sent to Kakai’s agency Artist Gallery Management under Freddie Bautista.
According to the entertainment website, the letter from the legal counsel of Mario's management Kwaonhar Nine-Nine Co. Ltd. was subjected as “Demanding to Cease, Desist and Refrain from further use and reference of the name of Mario Maurer.”
“We would like to confirm that all the statements made by Catherine ‘Kakai’ Bautista are hereby denied as the same are all false and untrue.
“By so using the name of our talent, Catherine ‘Kakai’ Bautista is improperly exploiting the name, image and reputation of Mario Maurer and his manager, and may be violating existing laws of the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Thailand.
“Should you fail to confirm to us in writing that you have complied and/or will comply with the above demand to cease, desist and refrain under this letter hereof, our talent, Kwaonhar and its staffs will have no other alternative but to pursue (without any further notice to you) formal claims against your talent to protect his rights to the broadest extent.
"If you fail to comply with the foregoing, Kwaonhar reserves all of its legitimate right to claim for other damages and expenses incurred as a result of this matter. You should govern your contracted talent accordingly and responsibly.”
In 2012, Mario starred in Star Cinema’s “Suddenly, It’s Magic” opposite Erich Gonzales. He developed a friendship with all the cast members, including Kakai, Joross Gamboa, and many others.
Both Mario and Kakai stated that they grew close to each other during interviews to promote their film.
That friendship was then rumored to have developed into something more, which eventually caused the falling out of the two.
The “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” star has kept mum on the issue, but Kakai had gone on several interviews saying that they have lost touch.
In 2019, Kakai was asked by Boy Abunda on his late night show if she had a hard time moving on from Mario and she answered, “Iba ‘yung naranasan ko kay Mario, kasi wala naman po kaming relasyon.”
She also admitted that she did fall in love with him at some point. “Slightly. Nakaka-in love naman po siya. I fell for his realness.”
Kakai also claimed that Mario even said “I love you” to her. “Nagsasabi naman po kami ng [I love you]. Ay, ‘di ko alam kung ano ‘yung ‘I love you’ niya bilang friend ba o ano. Basta tinanggap ko na lang, ‘I love you too.’”
She added that she was hurt by the loss of communication, but she understands him. In the same interview, she said that remains to be friends with Mario’s brother, Marco.
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