September 12, 2004
Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes a controversy surrounding the acquisition by the Cleveland Museum of Art of a bronze Apollo statue believed to be about 2,000 years old. In response to questions concerning the documents related to the statue's sale by Phoenix Ancient Art, the newspaper quotes Bergman:
[Phoenix] lawyer, Henry Bergman, blamed a paperwork error and said Hicham Aboutaam [owner of the gallery] is "not in the business of breaking laws," but that in the charge related to the drinking vessel, he "inadvertently broke a law by making a mistake filling out a form. The piece he imported was legal to import."