GMA-7 Releases Statement on Sarah Lahbati’s ‘Violation of Contract’

Sarah Lahbati announced on Twitter last January 2 her decision to go back to Switzerland and study despite her two pending projects: the epicserye "Indio" for GMA-7 and the erotic thriller movie "Seduction" for Regal Films. The Kapuso Network released a statement saying that the young actress' plan is a violation of her contract.

Sarah Lahbati

It was also reported that Lahbati walked out during a taping, another issue that she needs to address.

Here’s the full statement sent by GMA Network to Starmometer today, January 4, via email:

“Last December, Sarah Lahbati unilaterally decided to take a leave of absence of one (1) month from GMA Network, because she said she wanted to de-stress and unwind. Because her reasons were vague, they were not accepted by management. While we understand that work in our industry can be stressful (as in any business), we believe that this is not only unavoidable in most cases, but also a part of what one does as a professional and/or performing artist.

Her leave of absence was also disapproved by management because of her pending obligations (i.e. Party Pilipinas, on-going promos and other endorsement commitments). However, on the evening of Jan 2, she tweeted that she will be going to Switzerland to study, despite the disapproval given to her last December on taking a leave. This is in violation of her contract, because she has to perform and appear in programs and events assigned to her, and make herself available to faithfully and promptly fulfill all engagements contracted for her by GMA.

At the same time, she has yet to address the issue of her walking out during taping, which caused the production team to pack-up, and incur an additional cost of 500k. She is therefore, currently under investigation and the network is still studying on what actions to take.”

Photo: GMA Network

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