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Attorney: Coliseum commissioners did not violate open meeting law with USC deal

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An attorney for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum denies commissioners violated the state's opening meeting law when they negotiated a long-term lease with USC.

Attorneys for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum deny that commissioners violated the state’s open meeting law when they approved a lease with USC in May, according to a letter sent today to the Los Angeles Times and Californians Aware.   

Both The Times and CalAware had accused commissioners of inappropriately meeting and deliberating behind closed doors prior to the May 14 vote to give USC control over the daily operations of the publicly-owned stadium. The two asked for the release of documents, emails and recordings related to the negotiations. An attorney for The Times also asked that the vote be rescinded and redone in a properly noticed public hearing.

However, a lawyer from the Coliseum Commission denied that the deal was completed in secret. The closed sessions were appropriate under the state’s open meeting law because they dealt with the lease of real property, according to the commission’s attorney.  Further, Coliseum officials maintain that no action was taken behind closed doors.


Film permit for Coliseum porn failed to identify nature of shoot

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Filmmakers had a permit when they shot a pornographic film at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum back in 2001. It is unclear who at the Coliseum may have helped to arrange the overnight shoot.

The pornographic film that was shot in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum more than a decade ago was permitted, according to a document obtained by KPCC from FilmLA, though nowhere in the permit does it reference sexual activity.

A permit was issued to Anabolic Video Productions Sept. 14, 2001 for filming at 3911 S. Figueroa St. – home to the Coliseum.

Asked for a summary of the scene that was to be filmed the night of  Sept. 15, 2001, the permit reads: “Interior establishing shots w/models against scenery. Re-enactment of football players in practice game.” At the time, the film was titled "Guns Brandished 33."

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that that film later became the 2002 pornographic film “The Gangbang Girl #32,” featuring a cheerleader and a group of male football players. Nowhere in the permit does it indicate the sexual nature of the film shoot.


Report: Hardcore porn was filmed at the Coliseum

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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 2011.

Scoring at the Coliseum is best left to the pros, it seems.

The taxpayer-owned stadium where "USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass," was somehow discovered by the L.A. Times to also hold another standout distinction: It was the location for a hard-core porn flick called, "The Gangbang Girl #32."

Featuring 40 minutes of gritty, gridiron group sex, "the plot of the movie, to the extent that it has one, revolves around a football team and a cheerleader," notes the newspaper.

About half of the 90-minute movie was shot at the stadium during the course of one evening in 2001. With night lights on, the stadium seats, tunnel, and iconic architecture all clearly visible. 


Coliseum officials denied free tickets and VIP access in proposed USC lease deal

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Nine commission officials who oversee the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have agreed to give up free tickets and VIP access at the taxpayer-owned arena, says the L.A. Times.

The ticket provision -- originally structured to provide a free, 90-seat block for every Trojan game and comps for NFL games -- was removed from the latest draft of the proposed lease deal that would see USC taking control of the Coliseum and Sports Arena.

The new lease, which would include naming and advertising rights to the Exposition Park venues, was pursued, in part, becuase of the inability to pay for upgrades promised in the current agreement.

In a separate deal with the state, USC is pursuing a land-related deal that could potentially add 99 years to the lease term, notes the Times.

The scandal-shrouded, 88-year-old Coliseum has lost millions of dollars in the past decade, according to recent audits and testimony.


Defendant no. 5 surrenders in Coliseum scandal, pleads not guilty

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A fifth defendant has surrendered in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption scandal.

Leopold Caudillo Jr., who, according to his attorney, was on a personal trip to Russia when the indictment was issued, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal conflict of interest.

41-year-old Caudillo, a former technology manager at the Coliseum, is accused of directing thousands of dollars in venue business to a external firm he co-founded.

His parents posted his $20,000 bail. The District Attorney's office says Caudillo could face a three-year sentence if convicted.

On Wednesday, Patrick Lynch, the Coliseum's ex-general manager, pleaded guilty to conflict of interest charges in a deal to avoid a trial and possible lengthy prison sentence.

Only one of the six men charged last week remains at large.