Univision Issues Statement After Eduardo Yáñez Slapped 'El Gordo Y La Flaca' Reporter

Eduardo Yáñez, Paco Fuentes
The Spanish-language network condemned the actions by the telenovela actor. Read the full statement here! Univision

After Eduardo Yáñez slapped Paco Fuentes during a press event in Los Angeles, social media made the incident viral. The violent act has had mixed reactions, mostly condemning the violent act perpetuated by the telenovela actor. Now, the Spanish-language network that employs the reporter is breaking its silence and taking a stand against the aggression. "Univision News, the award-winning news division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, condemns the act of violence perpetrated on October 10 by Eduardo Yáñez on Univision reporter Paco Fuentes", the statement reads. "Univision News demands respect for the physical safety of its reporters and expresses complete disapproval of any senseless act of violence against them. Censorship and acts of violence against journalists are reproachable no matter the source."

Yáñez apologized to Fuentes on Twitter saying: "I want to ask for a sincere apology to the public and the person affected by my action. It was not right. My private life is not for sale." After the apology he went on to attack Jorge Ramos on the same social network. "Nothing, never, nowhere, justifies aggression against a journalist, coming from an actor, a president, or government. Don't normalize the violence," the Univision news anchor wrote. Yáñez replied: "Yes, it's because you guys are untouchable."

Paco Fuentes appeared on "El Gordo y La Flaca" yesterday to talk about the incident, but Lili Estefan was not all that supportive to his fellow work companion. She told Fuentes that maybe he would understand why the actor got mad when he had his own kids. The reporter insisted that it had nothing to do with Yáñez' son as he made a general query to know his thoughts on going online and asking for funding.

Estefan also said that if she was in that position she would've stopped when Yañez started cursing and would "personally respect him as he started saying he didn't talk about his personal life." Lili went on to soften her stand by saying she would never justify the slap.

The entertainment reporter also said that after the incident he was left thinking if he could've done something different to not cause that reaction from the telenovela star. Raúl de Molina answered "nothing wrong" and Lili chimed in saying "maybe a little psychology." "When you see that Eduardo Yañez gets mad, maybe stop there," she said laughing.

Paco Fuentes was at an event in L.A. when he interviewed Eduardo Yáñez for "El Gordo y La Flaca" and asked about his son that publicly tweeted a GoFundMe account to crowdfund for a car and medical expenses. Eduardo said that Fuentes was disrespecting him and slapped him when he reached his boiling point. Paco did not retaliate and was reportedly taken to the hospital to get examined by a doctor and make sure he was fine.

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.

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