BREAKING: Mayor approached Center about paying for private investigator

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Mayor Jim Brainard asked the Center for the Performing Arts to pay for the private investigator that tailed its former president and CEO.

Interim President and CEO Frank Basile acknowledged Monday night that Brainard approached the Center to inquire about its willingness to pay for the invoice. Basile said the Center declined, and payments to International Investigators totaling about $8,000 eventually became public knowledge when added to the City Council’s claims runs.

“I am not going to talk about this, period,” Brainard said.

The topic arose Monday night after Basile gave a presentation to the council to provide updates on the Center’s current season and comments on its recently released audit and internal review. Afterwards, councilors had follow-up questions for Basile, and Councilman Eric Seidensticker asked about the International Investigators tab.

“… Was the foundation, you or any of your members, were they ever approached and asked to pay for the international investigators invoice?” Seidensticker said.

Basile answered “Yes,” and when asked to identify the person who approached the Center, Basile said “We were asked by the mayor to participate.”

Basile has not provided any additional comments at this time.

Steven B. Libman, the Center’s former president and CEO, resigned July 29, citing personal reasons. An investigation by International Investigators conducted prior to his resignation detailed an alleged relationship between Libman and one of his subordinates.

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