DA Drops Ticket Inquiry
The Nashville District Attorney’s office has declined to further investigate an alleged incident in March between an opponent of Tennessee’s Fairness In Ticketing Act and Fielding Logan, who oversees touring operations for Q Prime South.
“From my review of the materials that have been gathered, I do not believe there is any reason for a further investigation into this incident,” District Attorney Victor Johnson III wrote in a statement. “It appears at best to be an innocent misunderstanding or at worst a dispute between two persons on opposite sides of a legislative issue.”
The DA was asked to look into the incident after local nonprofit chair John Ray Clemmons wrote a letter detailing his exchange with Logan, who supported Fairness In Ticketing, before Clemmons testified against the measure March 5. The bill was killed during a meeting of the House Business and Utilities Committee April 3.
Clemmons claimed Logan attempted to convince him not to testify and offered tickets to a Black Keys concert at Bridgestone Arena “to keep me from opposing the bill.”
Q Prime South counts The Black Keys and Eric Church among its clients.
Logan claimed the conversation had been mischaracterized and at the time explained he only “believed the premise of [Clemmons’] testimony to be incorrect.”
Johnson apparently agreed, noting the facts did not show Logan was attempting to influence Clemmons’ testimony.
“Mr. Logan believed he was demonstrating to Mr. Clemmons that he (Mr. Clemmons) was incorrect on his view of how the proposed statute would adversely impact nonprofits,” Johnson said. “For his part, Mr. Clemmons believed that the offer of tickets by Mr. Logan was an effort for Mr. Clemmons to change his testimony although the intent was unexpressed. Under such circumstances, I do not think a crime was committed.”