TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

'Piolin'

Spanish Radio Icon Accused of Sexually Harassing Co-Star

7/30/2013 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0730-Eddie-Piolín-Sotelo-gettyEddie "Piolin" Sotelo -- perhaps the biggest star on Spanish radio -- has been yanked off the air in the wake of sexual harassment allegations ... and the accuser is a popular performer on the radio show.

The man behind the allegations is Alberto "Beto" Cortez -- who was a writer, producer and performer on the "Piolin por la Manana" show ... which aired on 50 stations across the country.

According to the L.A. times, which broke the story, "Beto" claims his boss "Piolin" had been "physically, sexually and emotionally harassing" him for 3 years.

While it doesn't appear "Beto" has filed a lawsuit at this point, he has made several allegations in a letter to Piolin's bosses at Univision. In the letter, "Beto" claims "Piolin" would grab his ass and genitals when he would arrive to the Glendale office in the mornings.

"Beto" also claims "Piolin" would berate him with homophobic slurs -- even though "Beto" is straight and has a girlfriend.

"Beto" says he has witnesses that will back up the allegations.

As for Piolin, the radio star adamantly denies the claims ... and released a statement through his lawyer accusing "Beto" of concocting the story in a pathetic attempt at a shakedown.

"A disgruntled, troubled employee has made malicious and false claims about Eddie Sotelo," the statement reads. "This was done as part of a demand for money. The employee worked with Eddie for more than a decade. The employee's allegations of harassment ... are pure fiction intended to gain a financial settlement."

Piolin's radio show ran for more than 10 years -- and he's been regarded as the Howard Stern of Spanish radio.

95 COMMENTS

No Avatar
31.

Fred Thompson    

Ok seriously you need to have a gay.tmz.com site where you post the gay stuff. That way you can go, well, "nuts" with without annoying us stories about fairies we've never heard of.

417 days ago
32.

manbearpig    

that Spaniard has some Dracula eyebrows.

417 days ago
33.

What!     

I'm Hispanic and don't know who the hell he is...

417 days ago
34.

Paloma    

In which spanish radio? I am spanish, I live in Spain and nobody knows this men.

416 days ago
35.

kitnplayn    

He would have to be a radio star. He could never make it in the visual arts. That boy is some kinda fugly.

416 days ago
36.

Adriana    

He is NOT Spanish, get your facts right TMZ! Come on, U know better!!!

416 days ago
37.

yourm0m    

It's Mexican radio idiots

416 days ago
38.

AMY D    

He played the baseball announcer on Eastbound and Down. Funny!!

416 days ago
39.

jose8041    

His a mexican that had a Radio Station called “piolin por La mañana“ (piolin in The morning) his really funny always

416 days ago
40.

Slurpee    

Well, since 'piolin' is slang for penis......

416 days ago
41.

Mee    

SETUP

416 days ago
42.

penguin    

I always thought he was a joto bird

416 days ago
43.

jose8041    

I think piolin is saying The true that The other just wants money. If someone would touch my Ass i would IT beat him up..plus his a grow man and He can't defend him self?

416 days ago
44.

Robert    

salio putito el piolin

416 days ago
45.

NOT ELMO    

'Piolin'
Spanish Radio Icon Accused of Sexually Harassing Co-Star.....................LOCK HIM UP !

416 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web