One week after radio personality Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo's syndicated show was permanently cancelled, accusations of harassment and falsifying documents as part of a drive to drum up support for immigration reform are being made by a former colleague, according to published reports.
For fans of the long-running "Piolin de la Mañana" show, Sotelo's sudden departure last week was a surprise. Now, the popular personality is being accused by former co-worker Alberto "Beto" Cortez of "physically, sexually and emotionally harassing" him for three years, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
Cortez’s attorney, Robert R. Clayton, did not return calls about the claims of his client, who was a producer, writer and performer on the program. In April, the law firm reached out to Univision Communications, Inc., about the concerns, the Times says.
As news of the claims filtered through social media on July 30, Sotelo's attorney, Jeffrey Spitz, issued a statement on behalf of his client, who most recently was heard on 37 affiliates and 14 owned-and-operated stations across the country.
"A disgruntled, troubled employee has made malicious and false claims about Eddie Sotelo," said Spitz, a partner at Lerman Pointer & Spitz LLP based in Los Angeles. "This was done as part of a demand for money after the employee’s contract was not renewed last year following a series of work performance issues. The employee worked with Eddie for more than a decade.The employee’s allegations of harassment and falsification of immigration letters are pure fiction intended to gain a financial settlement."
A spokesperson for Univision had no comment about the situation when contacted on Tuesday.
"Piolin de la Mañana" was produced out of KSCA in Los Angeles (Glendale, Calif.), 101 FM, which aired regional Mexican music. Music will be played on the station until a replacement program is secured.