That moment when you’re all of a sudden slapped for no apparent reason by a drunk ass babe in the club? Well, that’s exactly what happened to a few people at Prive. Poor John Llod Cruz was not just slapped, Anne yelled at him and even called him an addict. This is a sad, unfortunate, and shocking incident for Anne Curtis but it happened and she’s apparently sorry for it.
THE INCIDENT. JR Isaac is in his forties, and is currently the editor and publisher of Circuit Magazine, a free city-life guide providing information on parties, places, and events.
He is also engaged in boutique advertising and remains a creative consultant for events, which makes him a rather connected fellow, something that he admits he is.
He says that last November 22, “a typical Friday night,” he and some friends were at a favorite hangout, the Privé Luxury Club, located in The Fort Strip at the Bonifacio Global City complex, Taguig City.
These friends included Leah de Guzman, Charina Zarte, Nix Alano, and showbiz personalities Phoemela Barranda, Jake Cuenca, and John Lloyd Cruz, aka JL. Also at their table was Privé co-owner JM Rodriguez.
They were on the club’s second floor, in the VIP section, one half of which had been cordoned off that night for a private party. That private party, it turned out, was a bachelorette affair hosted by Anne Curtis for a girlfriend about to get married.
The layout of the VIP floor, explains JR, is such that the toilet was shared by the guests on that floor. The toilet entrance was also near the VIP bar. JR adds, “If you’re going to the toilet, you have no choice but to pass near the cordoned-off area.”
He relates the seconds leading up to the incident.
“Leah and I are just between the toilet door and the bar. I think I was standing and waiting for my drink, talking to Leah.
“Then we heard a loud voice saying, ‘Who’s banging my door?’ We didn’t know who or where it was at first! Just loud, coming from behind us. When we turned around, we saw, stepping out of the toilet, Anne, very mad.
“Then all of a sudden, pak-pak. My left cheek. Then Leah was also slapped. Then JL was also slapped.
“This all happened so fast. Anne was making so much noise, shouting at JL: ‘You are an addict!’
“Ang bilis, di ko na alam ang nangyayari. Basta wala akong narinig from JL, he behaved like a gentleman. Makikita mo talaga kung sino yung well-mannered pag may ganyan.”
The next thing JR remembers is that Anne had turned her ire on Phoemela, and said, ‘You, what are you doing here?’”
JR continues, “Anne screamed, with finger pointing at Phoem the whole time, like she pointed it at JL. She had all this rage, she was agit [agitated].
“She was drunk but, di ba, when you’re drunk, you’re wobbly? She was not wobbly. She was strong, parang she could hurt us all! “Anne screamed, with finger pointing at Phoem Barranda, saying, ‘I can buy you, your friends, and this club!’
“Commotion na. Pinaghiwalay na kami ng bouncers ng management.”
Asked to recall how he and his friends Leah and John Lloyd—the three who had been slapped—reacted, JR says: “Shocked! We didn’t know how to retaliate. Wala.
“I was ushered away. I was trembling. They calmed me down. “A lot of people saw the whole thing. I had never been slapped like that before. I didn’t know what to do.
“The management and [club] PR all came to our table and apologized to us. They saw the whole thing. They know we were the ones slapped.
“In the end, we stayed. We didn’t allow it to ruin our night.
“Then, minutes after the commotion, I saw Anne escorted out. We, we stayed. We had been coming here so many times! Anne was not a regular, so why should we let her make us leave?”But we didn’t want to talk about it. It was a relaxed night with friends.”
FILLING IN THE GAPS. JR adds that it was several days after when some of the others told him what he had not caught that night.
“Leah told me that she grabbed Anne’s hand—Anne’s right hand—and told her, ‘Why are you slapping us? Stop slapping us! You’re not being cool.’”Leah—you know, she’s from Globe—also told me that JM was able to answer back, because me, I was in shock.”She told me that Anne said to JM, ‘You know, this is the worst club to have a party!’”And JM answered her back, he said, ‘We took care of you here. We took care of your party. How dare you say this!’ And he walked out on her.”JL never said anything the whole time. He kept quiet. He was a gentleman, like I said. Jake? I don’t know where Jake was. I don’t know anymore, maybe he didn’t witness what happened? Commotion na!”
Anne Curtis had since apologized for her actions and JR accepted it.
“JR! It’s Anne. Got your number from Monique! Tried messaging you on Facebook this morning. Just want to apologize for my behavior! I’m so so so sorry. I’m so ashamed Frown would never act like that in the right state of mind! I’m so sorry. Please forgive me!”
JR says he answered, also by text (published as is):
“Hi Anne, just woke up and read your text. Apology accepted… On a lighter note, you owe me a tight hug!!! Going back to sleep, nursing my hang over.” (source: pep.ph)
You know what they say about a person’s true character coming out when he/she is intoxicated? Well…….