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'Piolin'

Spanish Radio Icon Accused of Sexually Harassing Co-Star

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

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kathy713    

HE WROTE SPANISH NOT SPAIN STUPED GALLEGOS !!!!!! THAT WASS A ****ING SET UP AND **** UNIVISION. FOR SIGN OFF

360 days ago
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kathy713    

PIOLIN WE GOT YOUR BACK !!!!!! HECHALE GANAS!!!!!!

360 days ago
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Betty leveroni    

You just noticed he is gay he used to date one of my ex friend. Before he was famous he.lives in san fernando valley sorry piolin they know now

360 days ago
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monique    

as rupaul would say, those eyebrows are (snap!) F.I.E.R.C.E!

360 days ago
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mangu    

In the Spanish culture is very common to talk dirty, slur, grab ass,stare at woman and made red hot comments, its up to the recipient to stop the onlooker/assailaint the "Stop right there, I dont like it" But after 10 years? really? ...if i dont like the way someone treat me, grab my butt or genitals,he or she will be let known within seconds of happening... it sounds like a disgruntled employee issue.

359 days ago
51.

mexchiv    

Ah, como.hay gente envidiosa.. Echale ganas Piolin!!

354 days ago
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charo    

Spanish? Are you sure?Maybe you mean Mexican, as far as I know Univision is a network's aimed at Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States so check the information before publish it !!
Who the hell is Piolin? I´ve never heard about him because I´m Spanish....... from Spain !!!!

333 days ago
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