Latin Radio Exec Jesus Salas Cleared of Criminal Charges in Rape Accusation

Jesus Salas
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Jesus Salas arrives at Premios Tu Mundo Awards at American Airlines Arena on Aug. 21, 2014 in Miami, Florida. 

However, a civil lawsuit filed against the SBS executive by singer/former girlfriend Katherine Alexander is ongoing.

No criminal charges will be filed against prominent Latin radio executive Jesus Salas in a case that saw his former girlfriend, aspiring singer Katherine Alexander, accuse him of rape and gun threats. According to court documents obtained by Billboard and dated November 12, 2014, a Miami State Attorney cited lack of evidence, delayed disclosure and "copious amounts of evidence supporting [Salas'] account of events" to conclude that "the State would not be able to satisfy its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt."

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According to the suit, the two met in November 2012, began a relationship and lived together for several months. Although Salas asserted he had never entered into a management contract with Alexander, he helped lead a campaign that saw the singer's first single, "Put It in a Kiss," spend three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart in January 2014.

In July, Alexander filed her lawsuit, alleging (in addition to the sexual assault charges) that she was under an exclusive contract for five years, had not received the majority of money generated by her recordings and could not make a living. Alexander's lawsuit also names Ramon Gonzalez of Gold Voice Radio and Television Network, with whom she signed her management agreement.

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On Dec. 3, a judge granted Alexander a temporary injunction releasing her from the management agreement. Although the injunction is being appealed, it remains valid until the case goes to trial. The next step, her attorney, Richard Wolfe, said, is a Dec. 17 hearing to determine if Alexander can ask for punitive damages if the civil case indeed goes to trial. 

Alexander also filed a civil lawsuit claiming Salas, EVP of programming for powerful radio network SBS, fraudulently "induced" her to enter into an unfair managing contract, according to court documents. That case is ongoing.

A version of this article first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of Billboard.