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Music Industry and Mob #552351

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 23, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Newark, New Jersey: Brian Ross) Further examination of organized crime's role in music industry featured; details given, scenes shown. Arrests today of Roulette Records president Morris Levy and others across country for racketeering and extortion said part of New Jersey grand jury investigation. [US attorney Thomas GREELISH - cites caliber of machine gun.] New Jersey case noted stemming from reputed mob boss Gaetano "Corky" Vastola; details given, scenes shown. Suspicious activities of MCA Records, linked to Vastola, discussed; MCA president Irving Azoff's earlier protestations of innocence recalled. Mob companies said planning to buy MCA records of Neil Diamond, Elton John, The Who and others to record stores. [Attorney Dennis EISMAN - claims client was beaten by mob for refusing to buy large shipment of MCA records.] Murder of New York City police ofr. earlier in year while he was following suspect in MCA deal recalled. Focus of other grand jury investigations into mob and music industry outlined.

Brokaw, Tom;
Ross, Brian

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