Univision Radio's sudden decision to cancel popular nationally syndicated Spanish-language radio program "Piolin por la mañana" was due to a harassment complaint from a former employee of the network, the Los Angeles Times said.

Alberto "Beto" Cortez, a scriptwriter, producer and team member of the program, said that host Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo harassed him "physically, sexually and emotionally" for three years.

Cortez made his claim public in a letter sent on April 16 by his attorney, Robert R. Clayton, to Univision executives Roberto Llamas and Jose Valle.

Sotelo's lawyer denied the accusations of the former employee and said that this was merely an attempt to obtain money from the company.

"A disgruntled, troubled employee has made malicious and false claims about Eddie Sotelo," Jeffrey Spitz said in a statement sent to the newspaper.

Nevertheless, Clayton said in the letter sent to Univision that other employees of the program had been interviewed and that they said they were witnesses to the harassment.

He also complained that Sotelo ordered several employees, including Cortez, to falsify letters to obtain a million missives during a 2007 campaign supporting immigration reform.

Cortez's "allegations of harassment and falsification of immigration letters are pure fiction intended to gain a financial settlement," Spitz said.

"Piolin" was suddenly taken off the air last week after 10 years of broadcasting without the firm or the host offering any explanation about the reasons for the show's cancellation.

Born in Mexico, Sotelo began his radio career in Corona, California, in 1991, five years after he entered the United States as an undocumented immigrant. EFE