Piolin has filed a civil lawsuit against his former co-workers Monday for extortion and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo claims six former Univision collegues, Thomas Alejandro Fernandez, Samuel Heredia, Gerardo Palencia, Domingo Rodríguez Ochoa, Sergio Vera and Bertha “Betushca” Velasco contacted him last week and offered to “seal their lips” if he forked over $4.9 million in hush money.
Piolin claims the accusers “have attempted a naked money grab, but have sorely underestimated their target.” The lawsuit states the defendants made their claims against Piolin last week by phone and in writing. The former employees also allegedly demanded big bucks in exchange for taking their Univision workplace secrets “to the grave,” according to the civil lawsuit filed Monday by Sotelo’s lawyers in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
We previously reported that Alberto “Beto” Cortez, who served as writer, producer and personality on Piolin’s program, accused his boss of “physically, sexually and emotionally” harassing him for a period of three years.
Piolin recently signed a new deal with SiriusXM to launch a new channel of Spanish-language programming soon. We have a feeling this isn’t over yet.