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Radio's 'Piolin' accused of sexual harassment

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer has accused Spanish-language radio host Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo of sexually harassing one of his staffers before Univision abruptly ended Sotelo's morning show after a decade on the air.

In an April 16 letter to Univision executives, attorney Robert R. Clayton, who represents writer, performer and producer Alberto "Beto" Cortez, alleged that Sotelo made aggressive and unwanted sexual advances, including groping, the Los Angeles Times reported late Monday (http://lat.ms/11r5xBr ).

The letter also accused Sotelo of ordering members of his radio production team to falsify letters to lawmakers in a high-profile campaign in support of immigration reform, and heaping "unrealistic and unlawful demands" on Cortez such as working long hours without breaks or additional compensation.

"I have also spoken to former employees of the show who witnessed much of the harassment described herein," Clayton wrote in the letter obtained by the Times. "They too have either been subjected to or heard of Sotelo's misconduct, threats, and the retaliation he has taken against employees who have spoken out against him."

Sotelo's attorney Jeffrey Spitz told the Times the accusations were false and motivated by money.


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