San Mig Coffee basketball star James Yap expressed surprise at the allegations of his ex-wife, actress/TV host Kris Aquino, that he reportedly tried to seduce her during one of his visits to their son in her Makati condominium last December.
Aquino, whose personal life has been marked by controversy, filed a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) from a Makati City court, asking that Yap be ordered to stay away from her and their five-year-old son Baby James, also known as “Bimby”.
In her petition, the 42-year-old Aquino, youngest sister of President P-Noy, accused the 31-year-old Yap of making “overt sexual advances” after he entered her bedroom, and then “utter mean and malicious statements” after she resisted the attempt.
Contacted by the Bulletin yesterday, Yap denied the allegations.
“Nagulat ako nung nalaman ko. Hindi totoo ‘yan,” said Yap. He, however, did not say what transpired during his visit and referred all questions to his lawyers led by Lorna Kapunan and Sonya Castillo.
Calls made to the lawyers were not immediately returned.
Yap, one of the most popular PBA players and winner of two MVP awards, said his former wife has been trying to alienate him from his son.
“I can’t understand it,” he said, “now my son is even angry at me.”
Yap and Aquino were married in 2005.The couple ended marriage in June 2010 because of personal reasons. Their marriage was annulled late last year with Yap reportedly getting a huge amount of money and several properties as settlement.
San Mig Coffee team official Rene Pardo believes that Yap’s performance in the PBA will not be affected by this latest news.
“I can’t comment on the issue, but as far as the performance of James in the PBA, I’m sure he will continue to do his best every game,” said Pardo as San Mig is set to play Wednesday night against Air21 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.