08/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Villaraigosa Contacts Ethics Officials For Possible Review After Accepting Free Tickets

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has "voluntarily initiated contact" with the city Ethics Commission and City Attorney for a possible review of the way the mayor accepted free tickets to dozens of sporting events, awards shows and concerts since 2005, a Villaraigosa spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Officials in the mayor's office are feverishly researching Villaraigosa's calendars, receipts and other documents to determine what "official" or ceremonial role he played at each of the 81 events they say he was scheduled to attend. They also are trying to determine if tickets to all those events were provided free of charge -- and if so by whom -- or if the mayor or the city paid for the tickets.

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