"AEG's Tim Lieweke and a couple of civic friends"
The LA Weekly is reporting this afternoon that AEG will pay an undisclosed amount of money to offset public cost for the non-permitted AEG/Michael Jackson Memorial.
Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of Staples Center and the organizer behind the controversial Michael Jackson memorial there in July, will pay to defray at least some of the city's costs to police, direct traffic and clean-up during and after the event.
Councilman Dennis Zine on Monday said he had breakfast with company CEO Tim Leiweke and that the executive pledged to help end the controversy by contributing some money to cover the city's costs.
The July 7 memorial has been the source of much ire: On Friday the city released a report indicating that it spent nearly $3.2 million to deal with the crowds that came to witness the memorial or just to be near it. The memorial was produced as a television special and was carried on channels throughout the world. A subsequent concert film based on Jackson's rehearsals for his AEG-promoted This Is It concert residency in London has grossed $200 million, with 10 percent of that going to AEG.
For Councilman Dennis Zine and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, here is hoping that both of these public servants do not get "weak in the knees and continue in their quest to see that the city is fully refunded for the unauthorized costs of the AEG/ Michael Jackson Memorial.
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