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Karylle comments on doctored nip-slip photos

By: Noel Orsal

Karylle's alleged nip-slip during her March


performance in Boracay for ASAP XV was
Photoshopped. She said she was wearing a
protective tape during that time, further proving the
possibility of photo-manipulation.

Elyas Isabelo Salanga

After that of Anne Curtis, another "nip-slip photo"


is circulating on the Internet and was published in a
tabloid.

Photos of singer-actress Karylle with her right


nipple allegedly exposed have been proliferating on
the Internet since April 7 after her performance with
fellow singers Arnel Pineda, Yeng Constantino, and
Vina Morales for the summer edition of the Sunday
noontime show ASAP XV last March 21. It was the same episode where Anne's nip-slip accident
happened.

Karylle's photo can be seen in social networking websites and has been reportedly seen in cell
phones, too. A local tabloid also published the photo and even printed different angles of it.

In her interview with The Buzz, Karylle confirmed that she was the one in the photo though she
cannot comment about the possible manipulation of certain parts of it.

"Oo, pero kung ano man 'yong binago doon or what, e, hindi pa ako maka-comment kasi ang
mga comment ng iba pa lang ang naririnig ko," she explained.

Karylle's mom, Zsa Zsa Padilla, has also expressed her frustration over the matter by Tweeting,
"My heart is bleeding. How can people be so heartless?"

EDITED BY IMAGING SOFTWARE. The photo was revealed to be altered by an imaging


software, and a graphic artist interviewed by the talk show explained how.

"Para sa akin," began Jojo Abelgas, "kita dito 'yong pag-edit ng pixels, e. Kahit mag-sway ang
outfit niya, hindi ganito ka-off 'yong puwesto ng bra [top]. Ito pa lang kita na, e. Medyo sharp
[sa iba] tapos ito [altered part] blurry na siya. So, para sa akin, na-edit ito."

Media laywer Atty. Marichu Lambino of U.P. Diliman was contacted by The Buzz to give her
say on whether Karylle had the option to sue the creator of the doctored image.
"Puwede nating gamitin ang pangkalahatang probisyon ng Civil Code ng Article 2176 tungkol
sa damage," explained Atty. Lambino. "Iyon ang paghihingi ng danyos. Puwede ka kumuha ng
damages sa halaga na tingin mo gaano ka nasaktan. Hindi lang ang actual na danyos, kundi ang
kahihiyan sa iyo at sa reputasyon mo."

"Definitely, may kasong puwede isampa na civil," agreed Human Rights lawyer Atty. Neri
Colmenares in a separate interview. "Puwede talaga siya mag-sue for damages for various cause
of action."

Atty. Lambino added that ASAP XV or ABS-CBN, for that matter, also has the right to file a
case against the people behind the photo manipulation. "Mayroon din copyright ang ABS-CBN
sa lahat ng scenario at sayaw o eksena na ginawa ng ABS-CBN," he said. "Lahat ng larawan o
image na gawa ng ABS-CBN, e, wala kang karapatan na pagkakitaan iyon dahil may copyright
doon ang ABS-CBN."

THE TABLOID DEFENDS. The people behind the tabloid that released the article and photo
about Karylle's alleged nip-slip, defended themselves.

Read host Boy Abunda, "Bilang media na-witness sa pangyayari, may karapatan sila na ilabas
ang sa tingin nila ay dapat malaman o makita ng publiko. Bilang ang media naman ay dapat free
and unbiased."

But for Atty. Lambino and Atty. Colmenares, the release of the photos by the tabloid was not
covered by the Constitutional Protection for Journalists.

According to Atty. Lambino, "Ang sinasabi ng tabloid na mayroon siyang constitutional


protective right, e, nag-a-apply lamang iyon sa pamamahayag ng balita at ng feature articles
tungkol sa newsworthy event. Pero hindi na sakop 'yong pinagkakakitaan 'yong larawan."

Atty. Colmenares added, "May course of action talaga si Karylle kasi parang wala naman
newsworthiness ang headline na 'yon, di ba? At kung doctored siya, e, puwede may malice. May
malice doon sa pag-publish."

To further strengthen the impossibility for a nip-slip to occur, Karylle was wearing a protective
tape during that time. ABS-CBN news correspondent Marie Lozano stated in her Twitter account
that: "There was a wardrobe malfunction but not much was exposed because Karylle was
wearing a nipple tape. Technically, no nip slip."

KARYLLE SPEAKS UP. Karylle was interviewed live after watching the VTR. How does she
feel now about everything she's seen and learned?

"I just feel sobrang stressed," admitted Karylle. "You try to be okay. Ayoko magalit kasi I just
wanna spread the good vibes. Mga ganyang bagay, ayoko pansinin pero siyempre nakakaapekto
pa rin."
How about her mom? Is she okay now?

"As a mom, she has been trying to be cool and calm about it," Karylle said. "It was very minor
and she was, 'Okay lang 'yan, sometimes it's an accident.' Siyempre noong lumabas na talaga
yung pictures and parang the worst you can expect, e, doon ko siya nakitang nag-weaken nang
kaunti. Siya na nag-pray lagi."

Is she planning to file charges with the legal options presented in the earlier interview with the
lawyers?

"Ngayon ko nga lang narinig na may karapatan...," said Karylle, adding that she has yet to think
about it.

After that, Karylle said, "You're singing and you are so in the moment that you become careless
and naisip ko lang na I was singing with Arnel on stage. Sobrang pasasalamat ko lang na kahit
papaano I protected myself and wore something underneath."

To make it clear, the nip-slip seen in the photo, was it Photoshopped?

"There was an accident," Karylle said, "pero not to that extent."

In short, even though an accident happened and there was a wardrobe malfunction, the mere fact
that Karylle protected herself earlier cements the truth that the photo seen on the Internet with
her "nipple" showing was indeed manipulated.

What message does she have right now for her supporters?

"I just want to thank everyone who has been supporting me through all of this," Karylle said
with a smile. "Medyo nakakalungkot ng kaunti pero thank you na lang sa family and friends
who've been making sure that I'm okay. Thank you for explaining everything."

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