Politics & Policy

Jeff Greene the Scandal Machine

When it rains, it pours. After days of questions about real estate mogul and Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene’s yacht visit to Cuba, a new Politico article details the questions surrounding Greene’s yachting escapade with Mike Tyson:

The latest questions are about his boat — and specifically what used to happen on it.

The most recent round was prompted by an interview former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson gave to Sports Illustrated describing his lost “junkie” days, a three month period in the summer of 2005 that he spent in Europe, some of the time on Greene’s 145-foot yacht, Summerwind. […]

Tyson’s description of his summer travels was certainly colorful. “I was in St. Tropez, in the South of France. In Ibiza, Spain. I was in Monte Carlo. I was in the Ukraine, Russia, all those places, for three months,” he told Sports Illustrated. “From Russia I went to Lisbon, Portgual, from Portugal I went to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam I met this drug dealer, right? And he sees that I like getting high, and he wants to be my buddy, right? This guy goes and gets me a big rock of cocaine. So pretty soon I got a party going on.” […]

In an interview with POLITICO, Greene said that Tyson was on the boat with him that summer “between the first of August and the first of September,” after coming aboard in St. Tropez. […]

But whatever Tyson was doing, Greene said, he didn’t do it around him or on his boat.

“We have a zero tolerance policy (for drugs), I always have and always will, on the boat…I’m not a drug-doer, I don’t even drink. I don’t drink coffee. I like nice wines with dinner,” but that’s extent of it, he added.

Forbes, meanwhile, digs into a libel lawsuit Greene settled in 2007:

Craig Tice, chief operating officer of LB Property Management in Sherman Oaks, Calif., filed the libel suit in California state court in Los Angeles after Greene telephoned Tice’s colleagues at LB Property Management and told them Tice was a “thief” and “criminal” who “‘stole’ Greene’s money,” a court document filed by Tice says. But nearly a year after allegedly making the comments, in deposition testimony, Greene said he had “no evidence that anybody stole any money.”

In one telephone call, Tice alleged in court documents, Greene told an LB Property employee “he was going to file criminal charges” against Tice and LB Property Management, and “take them all down.” In that same phone call, Greene said that Rocky Delgadillo, then the city attorney of Los Angeles, was married at Greene’s home and that Greene was “worth half a billion dollars,” a court document filed by Tice alleges.

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