Rex Smith’s camp refutes singer insulted Charice
The Asian manager of Rex Smith has spoken up about the supposed incident in which the American singer was said to have insulted Charice during an afternoon sound check for a private party in Cebu on Tuesday night.
“Wala si Charice doon,” Danee Samonte told Bulletin Entertainment.
“It’s true na nagkaroon ng heated argument, but it was guy-to-guy. Not with Charice; (she) was never there,” he insisted.
Speaking on behalf of Smith, Samonte concurred that the incident happened during a sound check. “We were informing the technical crew na merong konting problem sa stage, about the setting of the drums. Being a professional musician, it was a concern for Rex so pumunta siya sa stage. I was with him, so I was a witness,” he narrated.
“Sa stage, may isang lalaki dun na naga-adjust ng something sa keyboard. So, si Rex pumanhik sa stage, thinking na walang nagsa-sound check. May Minus One na tumutugtog. Sabi nga ni Rex, ‘Can you please turn the music down, I want to talk to the technical people.’ Eh siyempre hindi naman niya alam eh,” he continued.
The man Smith talked to turned out to be Charice’s musical director, Samonte noted. “Sabi nga sa kanya (Smith), point blank: ‘You are disturbing a sound check, get off my stage!’”
Samonte said Smith was shocked at the man’s outburst. “Eh, nagkaroon sila ng argument, ng sagutan. So, bago lumala, hinila ko na si Rex,” he said. “After that I went on stage, I talked to the musical director, sabi ko, ‘Boss, pasensiya na, hindi lang kayo nagkaintindihan, I’m sorry ha.’ Akala ko that was the end of it…”
It wasn’t until Thursday afternoon that Samonte was surprised to find that the incident had already made it to the news, with Charice’s manager, Glenn Aldueza, speaking to ABS-CBNNews.com. In the report, Aldueza related:
“We went there on time (2 p.m.) and she’s doing the sound check with the musical director. Then suddenly a foreigner came up to the stage and then he pointed his finger to Charice and told Charice, ‘Can you please stop what you are doing.’ Then nakipag-away si Rex Smith doon sa musical director kasi sabi ng musical director, ‘Can’t you see somebody is rehearsing?’”
Although Charice herself had not made any statement about the matter, Aldueza insisted in the report that his client was “shocked and according to her wala pang nakagawa sa kanya ng ganoon, especially American artists na mataas ang respeto sa kanya.”
His camp also noted, “Ayaw (ni Charice) na palakihin ’yung nangyari pero as a manager we deserve an apology.”
During the phone conversation with Bulletin Entertainment, Samonte explained, “‘Yung sinabi na ininsulto ni Rex si Charice – there’s no one there… Rex will never do that because he’s a perfect gentleman. I’ve been working with him for 10 years, he’s never (shown) any attitude like that.”
Samonte nevertheless admitted, “Nagkamali talaga si Rex na pumasok doon…” Adding, however, that, “Kaya lang, masama ’yung pagkaka sigaw sa kanya na ‘Get off my stage! Get off my stage!’ ‘Yun na ang argument; but the argument was between two guys, because Charice was never there.”
A frequent visitor to the country, Smith has already performed a number of shows here, much to the delight of his fans who clamor for hits like “Simply Jessie” and “You Take My Breath Away.”
At the time of the incident, Smith had been in the country for a few days already, having performed a benefit show on Monday. “Nag-concert siya nang libre, dinonate niya ‘yung talent fee niya at talent fee ng band; kami ang nagbayad ng airfare namin papuntang Cebu para makapag raise ng funds para sa mga earthquake victims sa Cebu, para sa mga fishermen,” Samonte shared.
The sound check where the altercation happened, meanwhile, was for a private party the night after Smith’s benefit show, where both Smith and Charice had been invited as special guests.