LOOK: John Lloyd Cruz attends the preliminary investigation hearing of Ellen Adarna’s child abuse & cyber crime case filed here at the Pasig City Office of the Prosecutor. Ellen not here but John Lloyd is accompanied by Ellen’s legal counsel. The complaining party also here. pic.twitter.com/zT0IwPIWNE
According to Felipe, the whole procedure lasted less than 30 minutes with Ellen's camp asking the court to reschedule the hearing again to June 25.
The original hearing date was on June 4, which was attended by Eleila's parents, Myra and Roel Santos, and their lawyer. But Ellen, who is reportedly pregnant, was a no-show. Reports of her father's death, however, surfaced on June 3. Her lawyer then asked to reschedule it for today.
LOOK: First hearing of the child abuse case filed against Ellen Adarna here at the Pasig City Office of the City Prosecutor. In the photo, parents of the minor accused by Ellen as ‘paparazzi’, joined by their legal counsel. No sign yet of Adarna and her counsel. pic.twitter.com/VVZCFvPjKd
The Santos family filed a legal complaint of child abuse (R.A. 7610 or Anti-Child Abuse Law) and cybercrime (R.A. 10175 or Anti-Cybercrime Law) after Ellen did not make a public apology for posting a video of Eleila, a minor, on her Instagram. Ellen was calling out Eleila and her companion for allegedly taking a video of her and John Lloyd while dining at a ramen restaurant last May 4.
A day after Ellen posted the video, SmartParenting.com.ph was able to talk to Eleila's mom via email. Myra said Ellen had no right to post a video of her daughter on social media. "If you had any problem with my daughter, you should have told her directly or at least got my number and called me. I would take the responsibility since she is still [a] minor. I would not have tolerated what she did if it was wrong. But, on this issue, wala ako makitang mali sa ginawa ng anak ko. Her response showed that my daughter is innocent and sincere."
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Eleila, who is an incoming college freshman, already denied via Twitter that she was taking a video of Ellen and John Lloyd at the said restaurant in Makati. She told SmartParenting that she was just making a video of the restaurant.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph and was translated to English by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.