Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 12:02 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 2:49 p.m.
A continuing feud between Westgate Las Vegas executives and its tenants who are licensees of Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland has put Priscilla Presley and daughter Lisa Marie Presley unknowingly slap center in the midst of a messy business tangle.
The current Elvis memorabilia exhibit at Westgate as a result has been shuttered since the end of last week, as we reported here Monday.
This morning, Elvis Presley Enterprises through its representative David Beckwith told Vegas DeLuxe: “The Presley family is an aggrieved party caught in the middle of a disagreement between two other parties.
“Elvis Presley Enterprises is deeply concerned with the aggressive actions taken by Westgate Las Vegas due to a third-party dispute of which EPE is not a party.
“On Friday, Feb. 26, the Westgate seized, without any legitimate legal basis, hundreds of treasured Elvis artifacts on loan to the exhibition from Graceland Archives.
“At the same time, Westgate staff forcibly removed employees from the exhibition and disabled the video feed from security cameras.
“Despite our wishes to retrieve these artifacts and return them to Graceland, the Westgate is currently preventing staff from accessing the exhibition space to pack up and bring home these priceless pieces of history, which are owned by EPE and the Presley family.
“While EPE does not have a contractual relationship with the Westgate, we have no choice but to pursue all legal means necessary to ensure the return of our artifacts immediately.
“The artifacts are too important to be treated this way. The family would like them to be safely back at Graceland.”
Westgate Resorts COO Mark Waltrip told our colleague Editor at Large John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun this afternoon:
“Westgate has great respect for the family of Elvis Presley and hopes that we can come to a resolution over the considerable sums that we invested to bring Elvis to life at Westgate Las Vegas.
“We remain hopeful that the dispute concerning the sums owed to us can be resolved amicably in the near future without the legacy of Elvis Presley being tarnished.”
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