Emails: Schilling firm slow to allow audit access

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Auditors for Rhode Island tried unsuccessfully for days to examine the financial records of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video gaming company as it teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, documents show.

Emails obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request show that David Gilden, an attorney for the state Economic Development Corp., made a series of frustrated attempts in May to get its auditors access to 38 Studios' general ledger, email and file servers.

Schilling's firm -- which was lured to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 with a $75 million loan guarantee approved by the development agency's board -- laid off its entire staff May 24. Earlier in the month, 38 Studios' board approved filing for bankruptcy protection.