“My conscience continues to bother me realizing that I may have in fact been so friendly and intimate with Daniel Smith at the Neptune Club that he was led to believe that I was amenable to having sex or that we simply just got carried away,” she said. (Read the rest at here.)
I'M sorry. I'm still letting all this sink in. I think 'Nicole' has been under severe pressure to do this in exchange for a better future. I hope that's not the case, but if it is, it's a shame.
I'm trying very hard not to condemn her action for she has been judged enough. I just hope she finds peace in what she has done.
(UPDATE: 9:27 a.m. 03/18/09) The rumor mill is grinding away. 'Nicole's' sworn statement was supposedly written by Smith's lawyer. No doubt about it. It reflects much of his lawyers' contentions all along as well as the testimonies of Smith's friends, who had all tried to cast doubt on her allegations.
That she accepted P100,000 as settlement which is only equivalent to $2,009 at the present exchange rate shows how desperate 'Nicole' was to get away. Were there powerful people behind the scenes who tried to exploit her weakness? That's a certainty. In fact the revelation of Nicole's sworn statement so soon after a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama to the presidentita was made public now sounds even more suspicious. VFA or not, there was just no way in hell that the presidentita would let this rape case get in the way of her newfound 'friendship' w/ Obama.
As for Smith, even if the decision on his case is overturned by the higher court, and he is allowed to return to the U.S., he like Nicole, will not be able to bury the past completely. He too has been changed forever by this case. And it will never really give him rest.