One of the fans who reportedly entered Lea Salonga’s dressing room after her performance at Broadway Theater spoke for the first time after the video they recorded during the incident went viral.
Lea was currently in New York to perform at ‘Here Lies Love,’ a musical about former first lady Imelda Marcos.
In his video, digital creator Cristopher Retokelly Carpila informed his family and friends that he was safe despite the criticism they received from Lea’s fans.
“Privacy, protocol at security, ang sarap talagang pakinggan ‘yung tatlo na yan,” Carpila said. “Nag-video po ako para ipaalam sa inyo na ipo-post ko na po ‘yung video na kung bakit nandoon po kami [sa dressing room]”
During the said incident, Lea can be heard refusing the request of Carpila’s group, who asked her for a photo and asked them to leave the dressing room and wait for her outside.
“If you’re not on the guest list we cannot have you back here. So, you’ll have to get to the door because if I allow this now then other people are gonna take advantage,” she explained.
“I’ll see you at the door but don’t go outside. Stay inside the door. Kasi kung wala sa listahan, hindi namin puwede ipasok. For security. Please don’t do that again,” she added.
Carpila then posted a video showing fans waiting outside the Broadway to meet the cast of the show.
He even flexed a photo of Arielle Jacobs, the lead star of Here Lies Love, and took the role of Marcos.
Meanwhile, Lea said that Carpila’s group was not really connected to any producers of the show like what the Filipino fans claimed.
“The person whose name they were naming as their producer friend has no idea who they are. I asked her, and she’s seen the video (all our producers have, as well as company management, house management and security). She had no idea who they were. I was giving the benefit of the doubt until the moment I heard back from her,” said Lea.