GMA-7 Releases Official Statement Regarding the Sarah Lahbati Issues!

Sarah Lahbati, GMA-7's homegrown talent announced in her Twitter account last Wednesday that she decided to go to Switzerland to study and leave her showbiz career for sometime. She even raised issues about her home network not treating her well.

Sarah also announced that she signed contract with Annabelle Rama's Royal Artist being her newest talent management. 

Reports also said that Sarah walked out during a taping in one of GMA's show which caused the program to pack-up.

In line with the said issues, the Kapuso network releases an official statement sent via TV Series Craze's email regarding Sarah's controversies. It reads:

"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."

Sarah is a product of GMA-7's hit artista- reality show "Starstruck." She was launched in a leading role via the afternoon fantasy series "Kokak." Afterwards, she was paired to Richard Gutierrez via the Primetime's "Makapiling Kang Muli." This January, Sarah starred together with Richard and Solenn Heussaff in Regal Film's erotic-thriller film "Seduction!" (

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