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Aladdin Partner Extends Welcome to Singer

22 July 2004

LAS VEGAS – As reported by the Associated Press: "One of the partners buying the Aladdin hotel-casino said singer Linda Ronstadt would be welcomed back to the property after the performer was kicked out over the weekend by current management for praising filmmaker Michael Moore.

"Planet Hollywood CEO Robert Earl of Orlando, Fla., said he'd like to take Moore up on the filmmaker's offer to join Ronstadt on Aladdin's stage and sing 'America the Beautiful' when Earl's management team takes control of the bankrupt casino, as early as September.

"'We respect artists' creativity and support their rights to express themselves,' Earl said in a statement Wednesday. 'We were very sorry to hear about the unfortunate circumstances of this past Saturday night and want to make it clear that Planet Hollywood has never, in our 13 year history, restricted any artists' right to free speech and we will continue with that policy once we take ownership.'…"

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