A CBS2 TV station’s investigative report (video below) is alleging that the local transit authority in Chicago tried to elicit an alleged bribe for services on the Summit Entertainment movie Source Code. I’m told that Summit is not commenting since the studio was not directly involved. But the TV station is calling this “like something out of a movie.” “The movie industry has brought millions of dollars to the Chicago area, shooting scenes all over the city and suburbs. One or more Metra employees may have tried to get a piece of the action, CBS2 and the Better Government Association have learned. Now, the rail agency’s inspector general is investigating.” A Metra train has a starring role in the film and was “one of the many movie negotiations handled for more than a decade by Jonathan Gottlieb, a Metra special transportation services manager. But after Gottlieb negotiated a $19,000 contract for Source Code last year, a film location manager reportedly complained that Gottlieb demanded additional cash for all his hard work — $2,000 — be delivered in an envelope to him or another Metra employee. On the morning of the first shoot, the complainant said, Gottlieb was furious to learn the money would not be delivered and told her she’d never be able to work with Metra again.” Gottlieb has denied any involvement and said his record is unblemished. But “soon after the alleged incident, he retired from his $73,000-a-year job,” CBS2 reported. Officials have praised the Source Code location manager for “blowing the whistle” on the incident and urging others in showbiz to report any similar problems they have had.
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