Rave promoter Rotella banned from 2 downtown bars

In a low-key unanimous vote, rave promoter Pasquale Rotella, husband of Las Vegas celebrity Holly Madison, was told he cannot enter two bars on Fremont Street East because of pending criminal charges in Los Angeles.

Rotella was charged criminally by the Los Angeles district attorney’s office in a bribery case involving the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Four of the charges have been dismissed, leaving one count of conspiracy to commit embezzlement and one count of bribery.

The trial scheduled for September will focus on allegations that Rotella, CEO of Insomniac, and Reza Gerami, chief of Go Ventures, paid bribes in excess of $1.8 million to an events manager at the coliseum.

The allegations against Rotella were not detailed at the Wednesday meeting of the Las Vegas City Council during a discussion of the suitability of four people involved with Commonwealth Partnership, which owns the Commonwealth at 525 Fremont Street and Park on Fremont at 506 Fremont St.

Karen Duddlesten, the city’s business licensing manager, said there was an issue with the suitability of one of the applicants — Rotella. She referred to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police report, which is not public.

The council voted as she suggested, approving two items involving a temporary tavern license, but holding back on Rotella until he was found suitable for licensing.

Councilman Bob Coffin said not only must Rotella have nothing to do with managing the bars, but he cannot be on the premises.

The waiver of a finding of suitability for Rotella is good for a year.

Justin Weniger, publisher of Vegas Seven, Michael Parks and Kenna Warner were found suitable for temporary tavern licenses at Commonwealth and Park on Fremont

If Rotella is not found suitable by the City Council, Rotella must divest himself from the tavern license, which expires in one year.

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