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J. Paul Getty Museum has new director

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LOS ANGELES, Aug 15, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director Michael Brand was introduced Monday as the new head of California's J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Villa.

Brand, a native of Australia, will oversee the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the new Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif., the J. Paul Getty Trust announced.

Barry Munitz, president of the $9-billion Getty Trust, said the foundation was impressed with Brand's commitment to community outreach and his experience in museum management, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Former Getty Museum Director Deborah Gribbon left in October amid reports of the trust's questionable financial practices, the Times said. The California attorney general began a probe into the issue after the Times ran a story describing Muntiz's lavish pay, travel and perks.

In addition, senior Getty curator Marion True has been charged in Rome with conspiring to receive stolen artwork.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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