Jason Francisco reportedly punched fellow actor John Prats in the face during a rehearsal for an upcoming episode of ABS-CBN gag show "Banana Split."
The brawl happened at the Music Museum in San Juan City on Thursday night, where the cast of the said gag show were rehearsing.
"I was watching sa rehearsal ng 'Banana Split' then from behind sa likod ko, sinapak niya ako sa mukha, dito at dito (pointing to chin, cheek). Na sa likod siya. Tapos nung humarap na ako, sabi ko, 'Anong problema mo?'" John told ABS-CBN News.
John said he didn't know why Jason punched him and described the incident as if he saw a demon. "Hindi ko alam kung bakit niya ako biglang sinapak. Para akong nakakita ng demonyo."
The show's director Jemster Reyes testified to Jason's punching and came with John who reported the incident to the San Juan police.
"Akala ko tatapikin lang si John, tapos 'yung tapik niya isang malakas na sampal, tapos isang suntok sa kaliwa tapos suntok ulit, bali tatlo. Tapos inawat na namin kasi nagulat kami pareho," he said.
John deduced their group's constant teasing of Jason's ex-girlfriend Melai Cantiveros, who is also part of the show's cast, made Jason angry.
In an interview, Jason admitted he was hurt by the jokes about him and Melai, and hopes to speak with John to apologize.
Reports said Jason was in a closed-door meeting with ABS-CBN executives and Melai.