The videotapes from surveillance cameras in a Las Vegas parking garage which mysteriously disappeared for two weeks are to be made public, a judge ruled
yesterday. The tapes are said to have been recorded during the period of time a woman alleges Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) assaulted her in that garage.
Police investigating the Oct. 13 incident were told
by the garage's management company that no tapes existed. Two weeks later, the company told
Rep. Gibbons' camp that the tapes had been located. A short while later, the company notified police of the tapes. Gibbons has pushed for the release of the tapes, claiming they show the story of his accuser, Chrissy Mazzeo, is false.
Questions have arisen about the tapes, their disappearance, and their sudden resurfacing. In particular, concerns run high over ties
between Gibbons and the property company: One of Gibbons' most powerful campaign advisers, Sig Rogich
, is a longtime Las Vegas power broker who once lobbied on behalf of the property company. Rogich's offices are also in the same complex as the parking garage, and are managed by the firm, Crescent Real Estate Equities.