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APO Hiking Society member and celebrity activist Jim Paredes admitted that he’s the man on the sex video scandal circulating online. 

On his blog post, dated April, the 67-year-old musician said that the video “was real.” “It was private, and not meant for public consumption. I do not know how it became public,” he said. “I can only surmise that in this ugly season of toxic politics, muckrakers determined to neutralize my influence by violating my privacy and digging up dirt on me are at work.”

Prior this admission, Paredes denied his involvement in the video and said that it was “fake.” “When I saw it on social media, I was in a quandary how to respond. But after mulling and praying over it, I decided to come clean.”

He also said that he believes that telling the truth will set him free, and just like everyone else, he’s not perfect. “There are already too many lies and liars in this world. I do not wish to be a part of that cabal. I have chosen to be truthful because I know that painful as the truth can be, it will eventually set me free.”

“I am not saying this to excuse what, I regret, was broadcast on social media. I have always expressed my feelings freely. Today, I wish to express my truth. I am a flawed person, a human being, much like everyone else. I made a mistake, I was irresponsible. And I am truly sorry.”

In the end, Paredes asked everyone to spare his family from judgement and criticisms. “I stand in bottomless sorrow and contrition before my family who are reeling from the hurt and aggravation, and the embarrassment and shame, that should only be mine. I pray that they be spared any more wicked trolling by those who would revel in their pain,” he ended. 

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