LOS ANGELES (AP) – Spanish-language radio personality Piolin has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in legal fees for six people he targeted in a failed lawsuit.
Lawyers for the six say a Los Angeles judge awarded attorneys' fees Tuesday.
Piolin, whose real name is Eddie Sotelo, had a long-running radio show called "Por la Manana" on Univision until it was abruptly canceled without explanation last year.
Sotelo later sued six former Univision employees, alleging they engaged in a $4.9 million extortion plot and false accusations of sexual harassment.
That suit was thrown out in March.
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Univision abruptly canceled Sotelo’s widely popular radio show “Piolín por la Mañana” last year after 10 years on the air. It was the program with the largest audience in multiple markets nationwide.
During his tenure at Univision, the program drew big names, most notably President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. He was reportedly canned after an employee alleged that Sotelo had sexually harassed him. Sotelo ended up suing his accuser and five others claiming they plotted to shake him down for roughly $5 million by threatening to go public with false allegations of sexual harassment.
Sotelo, whose nickname means "Tweety Bird," now has a program on SiriusXM satellite radio.