Up-and-coming Latin pop singer Katherine Alexander accused a high-ranking SBS executive that managed her career of sexual assault and withholding compensation.
The Miami-based entertainer alleged in a lawsuit that Jesus Salas threatened and sexually assaulted her when she no longer wanted to work with him, according to published reports.
A major player in the industry, Salas is well known for his work with some of the biggest names in music. On Sunday afternoon, Salas released an exclusive statement to Billboard, denying any wrongdoing. In January Alexander became the first female to top Latin Airplay charts since Thalia in 2013 with her song "Put It In a Kiss" hitting No. 1 on Latin Airplay.
"The assertions and claims in that suit are false," Salas said in a statement through a spokesperson on Sunday. "Testimony and evidence will conclusively establish the false nature of claims in court."
Alexander alleges that they were both romantically involved and that Salas did not fully compensate her for her work. Alexander also filed a restraining order requiring Salas stay 500 yards away, according to reports.
Comment from Alexander or her representatives were not immediately available during the weekend after several attempts to reach the singer whose charting song is a Spanglish adaption of Irving Berlin’s classic "Puttin’ On the Ritz." In early January, "Put It In a Kiss" jumped 30% to 11.5 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
Salas, a music industry veteran, is currently executive vice president of programming at SBS. According to an online LinkedIn profile, the radio executive is also a FCC compliance officer and multi-platform coordinator for SBS.
Bill Tunkey, an attorney for Salas, on Sunday also released a statement on behalf of his client.
"A full and detailed response to these baseless and entirely false claims will be presented," Tunkey said in a statement. "The testimony of mutual friends and the actual written words of Ms. Alexander will demonstrate beyond doubt that Jesus Salas is innocent of each and every one of these slanderous and malicious claims. Each and every one. False. Malicious."