Pep’s insurance agent, Kia Sorrento, has stepped into the non-payment controversy by insisting that it was all a misunderstanding. Despite being in the country for 12 years, Pep doesn’t speak good American. Sorrento states that when the bar manager asked him to settle his check, Pep thought she was referring to his plaid golfing pants, and stormed out the bar with his feelings hurt.
“What happened at the bar was a load of baloney. The events of the Hatter have been judged prior to the real outcome coming out,” said Sorrento. “I know Pep in a totally different light to the way people in this room know him.
“I know that since he was an 18-year-old boy, you can blame Pep for everything. I mean it, you really can, he’s a lousy, son-of-a-gun, good-for-nothing shyster... no wait, where was I? The one thing you can't criticize him for is his commitment on drinking pitchers and you can never criticize him for [not] paying,” he said.
“There have been several times at the Mad Hatter where he's taken injections [in the restrooms, way from public view], paid with swollen overdrafts, paid in situations where his creditors have told him not to pay. Pep has throughout his career been one that fights to [not] pay.”
He said Pep resented the idea that he was controlled by his insurance agent or anyone else.
“Any person who knows Pep knows he has an opinion on everything. He has come right from the bottom and found he likes it there. He has not done that by not being a very strong independent character, so of course he has done nothing. See what I mean – he has done nothing. This is what I am saying - he is innocent.”
Sorrento also defended the practice of waiting two weeks before issuing an explanation. He said: “You can’t just make this stuff up overnight, you know.”
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana -- Groucho Marx.