Judge Dismisses Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Lawsuit
March 21, 2014 at 4:00 AM (PT)
In OCTOBER 2013 (NET NEWS 10/21/13), ALL ACCESS reported as EDDIE "PIOLIN" SOTELO began his first full week at SIRIUSXM, reports came out that a handful of former UNIVISION RADIO employees were alleging harassing behavior. The staffers worked for PIOLIN on his PIOLIN POR LA MANANA show. They were let go before the program's abrupt termination JULY 22nd. Then, a month later, SOTELO sued the six ex-staffers, alleging that as a group they sought to extort as much as $4.9 million from him.
Now, reports THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, a LOS ANGELES COUNTY Superior Court judge has dismissed that extortion lawsuit. SOTELO claimed that he was the victim of a shakedown by the former workers and their attorneys.
"SOTELO maintained that the group banded together to demand $4.9 million from him in exchange for their silence -- or else they would go public with additional allegations about boorish behavior on his UNIVISION RADIO show, which had been canceled a month earlier," wrote the paper."
Judge RICHARD A. STONE dismissed the lawsuit, and also ruled that the former workers could file a petition demanding that SOTELO pay their legal costs.
Sotelo's attorney, JEFFREY SPITZ, told THE TIMES, “We are disappointed in the court's ruling. Our appeal will be based, in part, on the fact that not all of the relevant evidence was considered by the court before making its decision. We are confident the defendants ultimately will be held accountable for their actions in seeking to extort our client.”