City Attorney Carmen Trutanich told the City Council Tuesday that his investigation of how the city became liable for the cost of the Michael Jackson funeral at Staples Center has taken a surprising turn.
He said the investigation could lead to civil and criminal charges, adding the Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz’s company, AEG, owner of Staples and LA Live, has been asked to turn over various documents.
After reading his 5-minute statement, Trutanich went into closed session for more than an hour with the Council to discuss the civil case.
The council is expected to order a thorough audit of all city expenses for the memorial, and members specifically want to know why the city paid $48,826 for the 3,500 lunches handed out to police officers providing security and may also establish policies that dictate how much the city will spend on such “extraordinary, non-emergency, multi-departmental, large-scale events,” the Times says.
Councilwoman Janice Hahn calling for a complete accounting of the tourism benefits derived from the memorial. Hahn said the memorial promoted Los Angeles as a global destination for Jackson fans.