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'Piolin' Defends Himself Against Sexual Harassment Allegations In Official Statement

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EDDIE SOTELO
UNITED STATES - JUNE 14: Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo, a radio personality who started a drive to collect over one million letters signed by U.S. citizens and/or legal residents in support of the passage of the immigration reform bill in Congress, speaks in support of the bill in a park across the street from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 14, 2007. Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, listens at left. (Photo by Stephanie Kuykendal/Bloomberg via Getty Images) | Getty

The abrupt cancellation of Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo’s nationally syndicated morning radio program, “Piolin por la Mañana,” surprised thousands of fans last month -- but not more than the sexual harassment allegations brought on by former employee Alberto “Beto” Cortez that surfaced a week later.

On Monday, the former radio host broke his silence concerning the charges brought by his former employee who has accused Sotelo of "physically, sexually and emotionally harassing” him. An official statement by “Piolin” was released to the press and also posted on the host’s official Facebook page.

Read the complete statement below:

"For the past week, I have remained silent as some former disgruntled Univision employees have made false accusations about me. I did not want to dignify their lies by responding. But enough is enough.

During the past 14 years, I helped my friend Beto Cortez through a number of difficult periods in his life and have been very generous to him. It saddens me that he has resorted to making baseless claims in an attempt to obtain an undeserved financial windfall.

For more than a decade, through all of Beto's personal travails, I stood up for my friend again and again. In 2012, by Beto's own admission, his work performance had become horribly erratic and I could no longer protect him. This is why Univision decided not to renew his contract when it expired at the end of last year.

For several months, we received reports that Beto was soliciting many of our co-workers to join him in asserting fictitious allegations and filing a complaint against me.

Contrary to Beto's malicious statements, I have received an outpouring of unconditional support from my listeners and fans. I am very thankful for their thoughts, their prayers and their encouragement. I plan to be back on radio very soon and will continue to work hard to keep your loyalty and trust. Stay tuned!''

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