June 4, 2003 |
Forensic auditors hired by a lawyer for Vivendi Universal record label Murder Inc. have completed a report that accounts for its business dealings with a convicted drug dealer, people familiar with the situation said. The report could raise questions about government claims that the label was used to launder illicit funds. The auditors were retained by Kaye Scholer, a law firm that represents Murder Inc. founder Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo. The law firm declined to comment.
August 21, 2003 |
The chief of Vivendi Universal rap label Murder Inc. agreed to enter a drug-diversion program in Oakland after his arrest last week on a charge of drug possession. Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, whose label is the target of a federal money-laundering probe, was arrested Friday at the Oakland Coliseum during a concert by R&B star R. Kelly. Lorenzo was charged with misdemeanor drug possession after guards backstage discovered one Ecstasy pill and four Viagra tablets in his wallet during a security check.
January 15, 2003 |
Expanding its investigation into the empire of music mogul Irv Gotti, federal authorities Tuesday seized the bank accounts of several companies involved in producing a soundtrack for his label's first film project, "Crime Partners." The movie was produced and co-written by Gotti's friend and business associate, Kenneth McGriff -- who also is the convicted head of a notorious New York City drug gang called the Supreme Team that dominated the crack trade in Jamaica, Queens, during the 1980s.
August 13, 2003 |
An associate of Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, the former drug lord whose ties with Vivendi Universal Inc.'s Murder Inc. label are under federal investigation, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in New York. Jon Ragin, a convicted drug trafficker, quietly negotiated a plea bargain last week with U.S. authorities in Brooklyn.
February 4, 1992
Watch out in the bullring, but outside it, Madrid seems to be pretty safe. Berlin is another story. Still, the murder rate in major European cities pales by comparison to Los Angeles. (Murders per 100,000 people) Madrid: 0.6 Rome: 1.2 Athens: 1.9 Lisbon: 1.9 Paris: 2.4 London: 2.5 Budapest, Hungary: 4.1 Warsaw: 4.3 Berlin: 6.7 Los Angeles: 12.4 Source: Cities, Life in the World's 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas, November, 1990.
July 8, 1985 |
President Reagan today branded Iran, Libya, North Korea, Cuba and Nicaragua as partners in a terrorist network "now engaged in acts of war" against the United States, and declared that America "has the right to defend itself." "The American people are not--I repeat, not--going to tolerate intimidation, terror and outright acts of war against this nation and its people," Reagan said.