Mario Maurer’s camp claims Kakai Bautista damaged actor’s career, warns legal action

MANILA, Philippines – The Thai management of Mario Maurer has sent Kakai Bautista a warning for her to stop using the actor's name.
Mario Maurer and Kakai Bautista

Mario Maurer and Kakai Bautista
Mario Maurer's camp asks Kakai Bautista to stop using the Thai actor's name | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Mario Maurer

A demand letter was sent to Kakai’s agency Artist Gallery Management, prohibiting her from mentioning the name of Mario. In the letter, Kwaonhar Nine-Nine Co. Ltd. revealed that they are aware that the Filipina comedienne drops Mario's name during interviews and attaches herself to the Thai actor including his management team in Thailand.

“We have been informed of unauthorized use of Mario Maurer’s name by several events, and it has come to our attention that your talent, Catherine ‘Kakai’ Bautista is the person who continues to use the name of Mario Maurer to attach to herself without consent nor knowledge. Moreover, not only Mario Maurer’s name but also make the false statement is related to Mario Maurer’s manager,” the demand letter read.

"By so using the name of our talent, Catherine ‘Kakai’ Bautista is improperly exploiting the name, image and reputation of Mario Maurer and his manager, and may be violating existing laws of the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Thailand. Cease and Desist and Refrain from any further use of the name of Mario Maurer and his manager, or any reference to him, directly or indirectly, including but not limited to the uses described hereinabove," the letter stated.

Attached in the letter are reports stating that Kakai said that she and Mario told each other “I love you” and Mario was the reason that she felt secure in this pandemic.

The Thai actor’s management clarified that none of Kakai’s claims are true. They also threatened to pursue legal action if Kakai will continue using his name. The letter stated that Mario's camp has “all legitimate right to claim for other damages and expenses incurred as a result of this matter."

Kakai and Mario starred in the 2012 romantic-comedy “Suddenly It’s Magic” with Erich Gonzales.

Damaged career?

According to a report from Philstar, a reliable source claimed that Mario’s alleged linking to Kakai has affected his career. “We had massive inquiries in 2013-14 canceled because of being linked to Kakai," the sources shared.

Mario Maurer and Kakai Bautista

Meanwhile, Kakai and her agency have yet to issue an official statement on the issue. The comedienne, however, posted a cryptic message on Instagram about being hounded for being beautiful.

“Hooh hirap pag sobrang gandaaa. ISMAYL nalang si Tyang sa mga taong ayaw tumigil,” Kakai wrote.

Last September 2020, Kakai posted a throwback video of her and Mario during a Gandang Gabi Vice guesting for their movie “Suddenly It’s Magic.” Kakai recalled the fond memories she had with the Thai actor which she said makes her feel “kilig” in fondness. The singer also revealed how Mario was “authentic” and very good to her.

In the same post, Kakai thanked Mario and stated, “Ang sarap ng feeling na kapag naalala kita, puro masaya lang nagpaflash sa utak ko. Salamat sa pagdaan sa buhay ko.”

In a much earlier interview on Tonight with Boy Abunda, Kakai disclosed the “real score” between her and Mario. “Iba po kasi yung naranasan ko kay Mario kasi wala naman po kaming relasyon,” she said. Asked if she fell for the Thai actor, Kakai clarified, “I fell for his realness.”

She also admitted that they were already saying “I love you” to each other. When Tito Boy further asked if it meant something romantic, Kakai said she doesn’t know but she accepted it and responded the same way.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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