- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A music festival promoter charged in a $1.8 million bribery scheme involving the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has avoided jail.

Pasquale Rotella pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor conflict of interest. He got three years’ probation and must pay the county $150,000.

Felony charges of conspiracy and bribery were dismissed.

Rotella founded Insomniac Events, which produces the annual Electric Daisy Carnival.

Prosecutors contend that Rotella and others were involved in a bribery and kickback scheme involving low-balled Coliseum contracts that cost the historic venue millions.

City News Service says Rotella issued a statement calling the charges “politically motivated and publicity driven.”

Former Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch reached a plea deal earlier.

Former technical manager Leopold Caudillo, ex-events manager Todd DeStefano and music promoter Reza Gerami await trial.

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