This is just an attempt to try to throw a monkey wrench into the process. Its simply a smear campaign, said Lucia Dougherty, general counsel for the Portman team.
Dougherty also said that the convention center project which will include a new hotel will siphon off business that now goes to the Fontainebleau.
Colombo, meanwhile, was included in a Portman affidavit swearing that no team members had inappropriate contact with Lopezs agents.
Jonathan Kurry who signed the affidavit as general counsel for the Fontainebleau team questioned the ability of Colombo to swear to that.
The Portman affidavit, Kurry said, says that there was no contact, he said.
But thats not what the Portman affidavit says.
Rather, Colombo swears using language prepared by the city that he hasnt had any contact with anyone identifying themselves as representing or purporting to act by or on behalf of Gus Lopez.
Colombo has insisted that Garcia never told him of any ties to Lopez.
They said, Did you have any communication with anybody who was representing himself to represent Gus Lopez, and that was never case, Dougherty said.
Chief Deputy City Attorney Raul Aguila said he saw no discrepancies between the Fontainebleau and Portman affidavits, and called the allegations of undisclosed meetings vague and hearsay. He also noted that the Fontainebleau affidavit excluded language prepared by the city attorneys office that swore the team members had made a thorough investigation and inquiry, into the things they were claiming.
Miami Herald staff writer David Smiley contributed to this report.
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