And the plot thickens.
Among the documents relating to the failed Stevie Wonder concert gathered by the Senate’s Special Committee on Accountability so far is this one-page list of 2012 appearances by the performer.
Included on the list is the August 18 concert at Stan Sheriff Center.
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The list, a screenshot saved prior to the concert’s official cancellation, appeared on a UK website devoted to Stevie Wonder information. It appears to be a fan site, and does not identify who controls the site. It is not the official Stevie Wonder website, which can be found at www.steviewonder.net.
The date “July 9, 2012″, the day before then-UH athletic director Jim Donovan held a press conference to announce the concert’s cancellation, appears at the bottom of the page along with the original URL. It isn’t clear if that was the date the image was captured, or whether it reflects when it was copied and distributed.
So what does this mean? At this point, it isn’t at all clear. It does appear that the Hawaii concert was in play, or thought to be in play, despite official denials from Stevie Wonder’s exclusive agent that they were not involved and had not approved any Hawaii appearance.
It is possible the information about the concert date originated with Bob Peyton, the promoter who was trying to put the deal together. Peyton, in his statement to UH factfinders, said he was initially working with a booking agent in England, although he later turned to another agent based in Spain. So Peyton’s English contact could have innocently passed the date and concert information on to the fan website.
Note, though, that the list did not include an August 17 concert on Maui, which was part of a two-concert deal that Peyton had been pursuing. So could the Honolulu concert date have been “leaked” to the website by one of the scammers in order to give reluctant university officials additional confidence that the deal was for real? They were, according to the statements of those involved, pushing for UH to make the $200,000 payment. Was the concert listing, in short, part of the scam and not from Peyton at all? Also possible.
Round and round we go.
If it wasn’t a scam from the beginning, when did it become one? And if UH wasn’t the victim of a scam, where’s the money?
The Senate Committee will have its hands full trying to sort all this out when it reconvenes on Tuesday afternoon.