'Bizarre,' Anschutz rep says of report
By Jane Hoback & Gil Rudawsky
Rocky Mountain News
Monday, October 23, 2006
The flak over the connection between Denver billionaire Phil
Anschutz and British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott just
won't go away. But the latest installment has prompted Anschutz
Co. officials, normally reluctant to comment on the stories
originating in the British tabloids, to break their silence.
British businessman George Bathurst had reported the hospitality
and gifts Anschutz gave Prescott to the U.S. Justice Department,
citing laws banning U.S. businesses from attempting to bribe
foreign officials, according to The Associated Press, quoting a
story in the Times of
Prescott received a slap on the wrist from a
parliamentary ethics panel for not immediately disclosing that
he stayed at Anschutz's ranch in Wyoming and had accepted a
cowboy outfit from him. But the panel said Prescott had "acted
correctly" in belatedly declaring the trip and recommended no
Anschutz is seeking a license to open a casino at the Millennium
Dome in London. Prescott has said the two never discussed the
Enough is enough, Anschutz's representatives here say.
In a statement Friday, Anschutz Co. spokesman Jim Monaghan
said: "We do not normally respond to personal and political
attacks nor do we intend to start doing so. However, in this
instance, the accusations by Mr. Bathurst -- a frequent critic
of Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Labour Government -- is so
far beyond the pale we must call it for what it is: simply
"That's why Scotland Yard wouldn't even investigate his
accusations and why people in Britain don't take him seriously."
"Who in their right mind would really believe that a company
investing over 650 million pounds in London and the regeneration
of the Greenwich Peninsula would even think to influence a
high-ranking public official with off-the-shelf boots, a cowboy
hat and belt buckle? That's absurd.'
"What the . . . media should be questioning are Mr. Bathurst's
interests and who he represents."
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Jane Hoback & Gil Rudawsky
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