For the first time after his alleged scandal photos surfaced, Kiefer Ravena has spoken up and said he was a victim of online extortion.
In an interview with News5, Ravena said he was scared that some people warned they will release his scandal video if he didn't do what they wanted him to do.
"May mga nagme-message sa akin na kung hindi ko gawin 'yung pinapagawa nila sa akin, may mga ilalabas silang scandal... Siyempre natakot ako sa ganun," he said.
On Wednesday noon, the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) arrested Ateneo de Manila University graduate Kristoffer Ng, 22, in an entrapment operation in Eastwood, Quezon City.
Ng allegedly tried to extort Ravena for P50,000 in exchange for the information regarding the culprit behind the spread of the basketball star's lewd photos.
The ACG however were able to determine that Ng himself pretended to be the woman who was involved in the 'sexting' act with Ravena.
Ng then tried to blackmail Ravena, which prompted the latter to coordinate with the ACG while chatting with the suspect.
Ravena said he neither knew personally nor was he connected to Ng on social media. He also hoped that it would be the last time the suspect tries to blackmail anyone.
Ng denied allegations against him and said that it was his friend, who sold the video, who was blackmailing Ravena.
The Alab Pilipinas star took the incident as a lesson and said people should be vigilant in the world of social media.