Alicia Machado Sides With Eduardo Yáñez, Has Had Urge To Slap Reporter

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The former Miss Universe has justified the telenovela actor for attacking the Univision reporter. GettyImages

Alicia Machado has been very vocal on social media about issues that don't involve and this time she's weighing in on the Eduardo Yáñez scandal. As you know, the telenovela actor slapped an "El Gordo y La Flaca" reporter after he insisted in asking about the economic situation his son was facing. The former Miss Universe is now siding with Yáñez and said that she has had the same urge and get violent with a reporter.

"What a good slap, now they'll probably give him a leading role, that's how the industry is," she wrote on Instagram. "Men always win and one that asks about the divorce about a chismosa or because you call things by their name, they close the doors on you. You need to be a hypocrite to continue having a job. It's just like when they asked me for nine years if the father of my princess was a narco. I get the urge to slap someone a la Yáñez, I'm his fan. Eduardo is a good person and a great actor, with his defects just like anyone. But the truth is that I'm a lady, you can't imagine how many times I've wanted to slap someone to they can respect."

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Eugenio Derbez is another celebrity that didn't condone the attack, but defended Yáñez as he perceived the reporter was poking him too hard. “I don’t know what really happened but what I can tell you is that there are always two sides,” he told “Ventaneando” after the aggression had taken place. “I saw that [the reporter] started poking and poking and there are actors that are more vulnerable than others and he reacted that way. (Laughs)”

Derbez echoed the same thoughts today on Javier Poza's radio show. "Eduardo and I were shoulder to shoulder, you are the first person I talk about this (which was not entirely correct as he had previously talked to 'Ventaneando') and I think you will be the only one as I don't like to create controversy. I will say one thing, I arrived and I saw Eduardo, I was going to greet him but I saw that he was giving an interview and I started to do my interview getting distracted by what was going on."

"I don't justify violence nor Eduardo's attitude, but I am mad at how the reporter started poking at him. I said I saw it coming, but I didn't think that he was going to hit him. I saw it coming and I thought to myself, 'Eduardo will get mad soon'. The reporter was very incisive, he was being bothersome. [Eduardo] first said, 'I don't talk about my private life', he tried to dodge [the questions] and [the reporter] continued insisting."

Univision released a statement today condemning the violent action by Eduardo Yáñez against his reporter. "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."

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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.