Kevin Klym, the boyfriend of aspiring-model Paula Sladewski who turned up dead inside a burning trashcan on New Years Eve weekend, went on The Today Show last week and placed blame on Club Space. That was the last place Paula was seen alive. Klym also claimed that the suspect sketch released in the case looked like a Space bouncer.
The club broke its silence on the matter earlier this week when owner Louis Puig sent an email to Riptide, and now they've released an official statement.
The club claims it has been fully cooperating with the investigation, and reaffirms their stance that they kicked Klym out of the club after he got into a physical argument with Paula. On The Today Show, Klym denied a fight took place.
"Mr. Klym's statements have been inaccurate and in our opinion a distraction and hindrance to the efforts of the community to solve this crime as quickly as possible," says the statement.
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Space also invited America's Most Wanted host John Walsh to tape a segment on the murder, airing later this week, outside of the club.
Read Club Space's full statement behind the jump.
"Club Space Miami was saddened by the news that one of their guests and Miami tourist, Paula Sladewski was tragically murdered after attending Club Space on January, 3rd. From the outset of the police investigation, Club Space's owner, management and staff have been cooperating extensively with law enforcement officials.
"Club Space employees have participated in numerous interviews and provided surveillance videos in an effort to help local law-enforcement solve this heinous crime. Furthermore Club Space employees have been vigilant and watchful, attempting to identify and persons who they thought may have encountered or been associated with Paula while at or near the Club.
"Two weeks ago Club Space recognized an individual walking in front of the club that they believed spoke to Paula after she exited the club on the morning of January 3rd. The employees immediately contacted police who subsequently interviewed the individual and released him.
"Despite our efforts, it remains a mystery where Paula went after leaving Club Space and who she was with.
"Unfortunately, Paula's boyfriend Kevin Klym, who also was a patron of Club Space along with Paula on the morning of January 3rd, has made several misleading statements to the media in recent days. Mr. Klym's statements have been inaccurate and in our opinion a distraction and hindrance to the efforts of the community to solve this crime as quickly as possible.
"To add some clarity to what took place on the evening of the January 3rd and subsequently we wish to state the following:
- Kevin Klym and Paula Sladewski were engaged in a physical altercation with each other at the bar area of Club Space at approximately 7am on January 3rd. Once club staff intervened, Kevin was asked to leave and escorted to the front door of the club. Kevin exited the club and without hesitation left the area in a taxi cab.
- Immediately after Kevin left the club Paula was escorted out of the club, as is Club Space's policy.
- Paula is seen on video surveillance exiting the club, being escorted out by an employee and a member of Club Space's management staff.
- The individual walking behind Paula on the video, contrary to Mr. Klym's claims, is not a man who resembles the man in the police sketch. The man escorting Paula in the video is Caucasian with no facial hair.
- The man who Paula Sladewski was last seeing with outside of Club Space was not inside Club Space and was not a customer or an employee of Club Space.
- None of our Security staff or employees abandoned their post or their shift at 7 AM to follow Paula. They are all on camera and accounted for.
- Furthermore, the police sketch of the possible suspect does not match any of our security staff or employees.
- Contrary to Mr. Klym's unfounded accusation, Club Space has not replaced or dismissed any of it's security staff since the January 3rd.
- Club space employees did not give the description for the police suspect's sketch. This must have been given by someone who saw Paula in the 14 hours after she left Space.
- Police have yet to identify the person who gave the sketch or where this person saw Paula and the suspect.
"While we are dismayed at Mr. Klym's erratic behavior and accusations we at Club Space have continued to work with authorities and media outlets that wish to shine a light on this investigation and those who seek justice.
"On Tuesday, February 9th, Club Space invited John Walsh and "America's Most Wanted" to conduct a re-enactment for their weekly show. On Wednesday, February 10th Club Space is inviting Dateline NBC to the club to conduct interviews for a future one hour broadcast of this horrible crime. We sincerely hope that by opening up our business to these media outlets we can help generate a tip or clue that will help resolve this murder.
"We were proud to stand with local law enforcement and John Walsh in answering questions from local media outlets on Tuesday evening and will continue to do so."