Angel producer turns to Las Vegas police


Luxor headliner Criss Angel threatened to knock out one of his magic producers during an altercation Wednesday, according to an audio recording.

Magician Joe Monti, 52, filed a police report that alleges Angel "flipped out" and assaulted him while removing him from Angel's office complex at 3260 W. Sunset Road.

In a profanity-laced, 55-second audio clip Monti provided to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a voice that sounds like Angel's is heard saying, "Get out of my place before I knock you out."

Earlier in the clip, Angel is heard saying, "Don't point your finger at me. Put your hand down."

After Angel repeatedly ordered Monti to leave, noises that sound like a struggle are heard.

Monti: "Get off me. Don't you dare touch me!"

Monti, who said he is 5-foot-5, said Angel "grabbed me and lifted me."

"Get the (expletive) out of here now," Angel is heard saying.

Monti: "Everything is null and void."

Angel: "You'll see what happens."

Monti: "OK, And I want you to come after me with everything you have."

Angel: "Get your attorneys and show me the bruises that you have."

Monti, in an interview after meeting with police, said he made the recording because of Angel's history of bullying employees and "I wanted him to know how demeaning he was."

Monti said he has known Angel since the mid-1980s and produced magic during several "Mindfreak" seasons. "I created 50 to 60 percent of the magic for 'Mindfreak,' " he said.

"I have no reason to do anything vindictively, but I draw the line on violence," he added. Monti, a member of Angel's team for almost five years, said he was evicted from his Luxor room about six hours after the incident.

Angel did not respond to a request for comment.

A SPECIAL GIFT

Larry Ruvo broke a promise for a good cause on Thursday, after seeking special permission. It happened when Ruvo's Southern Wine and Spirits was being honored for its support at the Catholic Charities Heart of Hope luncheon.

While accepting the Heart of Hope award, Ruvo turned to Bishop Joseph A. Pepe of the Las Vegas Diocese and said he wanted to break a promise but needed special dispensation.

Ruvo explained that he and his wife, Camille, have an agreement not to give each other Valentine's Day gifts.

Noting how much his wife, a past president of the board of Catholic Charities, loves the organization, Ruvo said he wanted to make a gift in her honor: He matched the entire silent auction total as a gift for St. Valentine's Day.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Three red carpet events will be held during next week's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit launch celebration: SI Swimsuit on Location, Wednesday, Haze (Aria); Club SI Swimsuit, Thursday, Pure (Caesars Palace) and SI Swimsuit Overtime, midnight Thursday, The Bank (Bellagio). Thursday's schedule includes a photo shoot inside the Caesars Palace boxing ring where Muhammad Ali fought.

SIGHTINGS

Tim Tebow, with most of his Denver Broncos offensive line, dining at 35 Steaks + Martinis restaurant (Hard Rock Hotel) on Wednesday night. Their Las Vegas visit included a two-hour stop at Sunrise Children's Hospital, where they cheered up kids in cancer wards and in the pediatric intensive care unit. Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, presented with a birthday cake marking his 51st birthday Wednesday during Motley Crue in Sin City at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel. AEG Live surprised Neil with a three-foot-high cake.

THE PUNCH LINE

"A new survey found that the average guy will spend about $200 on Valentine's Day this year. Yep, that's 20 bucks for flowers and 180 bucks for last-minute delivery of flowers." -- Jimmy Fallon

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.