Figure in '80s payola probe faces NY gambling case

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Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 4:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Hollywood record promoter and movie producer who successfully fought a major payola prosecution but later admitted to loan sharking is facing new charges in a New York City gambling case.

Joe Isgro pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a New York City gambling case. He's accused of helping run a mob-linked betting operation.

Isgro was a leading record promoter in the 1980s and was executive producer of the 1992 biopic "Hoffa."

In 1990, he went on trial in Los Angeles in a case about payola — bribing radio station employees to play certain records. A federal judge threw out the case, which had been the biggest payola prosecution in decades.

In 2000, Isgro was charged with loan sharking. He pleaded guilty to extortion and served about three years in federal prison.

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