Sotelo released a statement on the recent media coverage of his departure from Univision Radio—specifically over Beto Cortez’s sexual harassment suit brought against him. Cortez was a writer, producer and performer on the show who claimed Sotelo was “physically, sexually and emotionally harassing” him for a three-year period ending last January.
Said Sotelo: “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!”
RBR-TVBR observation: This suit may or may not be the reason Univision fired Sotelo—perhaps they just wanted to distance themselves from any liability (claims of turning a blind eye at the alleged harassment) as much as possible. Rumors also persist that Sotelo was planning self-syndication and that was the reason he was let go—Univision found out.