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Awra Briguela released on bail amid charges following bar brawl involvement

By Brooke Villanueva Published Jul 02, 2023 10:12 am Updated Jul 02, 2023 10:14 am

Awra Briguela has been freed on bail after being detained by police in line with her involvement in a bar altercation in Makati City. 

According to a report by GMA News, Gina Bibat Palamos—the executive judge at the Makati Regional Trial Court—granted the actress a release order on Saturday, July 1 after the latter posted a P6,000 bail. 

The local star is facing charges of physical injuries, alarm and scandal, direct assault, and disobedience to a person in authority.

She was arrested after being involved in a scuffle at a Poblacion bar on June 29.

According to the Southern Police District (SPD), Awra and her friends were at a despedida party when she had a disagreement with a man. 

The man, recalling the incident to the police, said Awra approached his group, allegedly asking him to take off his shirt. 

He refused and left the place, but he said Awra and her group followed him, with Awra allegedly forcibly removing his shirt. That's when things escalated according to the police. 

When the police responded, the 19-year-old star reportedly used strong language as they tried to handcuff her. She also reportedly pushed one of them, leading to her arrest. 

But Awra's friend, Zayla Nakajima—in a now-deleted post on Facebook and Instagram Story but captured by several netizens and pages—said Awra was only protecting her and their other friend, who were allegedly sexually harassed by a group of men inside the bar.

Zayla said a man tried to touch her bum and squeeze it. He then tried to insert his bare hands inside her bra, as she was wearing a bra top. 

"After this harassment against me and my friend Mary Joy," she said, "my dear friend Awra confronted the guy very calmly after the party to defend me and our friend." 

That's when the trouble began, Nakajima said, and led to the fistfight as seen in multiple videos circulating online. 

Awra's management has yet to issue a statement on the matter. (with reports from Nick Garcia)