The bronze was discussed a great deal in the very public battle between Italy and the Getty over other looted objects. There was a lack of direct evidence linking the Getty to any wrongdoing in the acquisition. However at "Times reporter" has uncovered a letter and other documents which reveal there were serious questions regarding the statue:
1976 letter from Ashmole to Garrett referring to “the crime”
These documents should not come as any real surprise I don't think. And though they may not provide enough of a legal basis to secure the return of the bronze, but they will add to the growing public pressure which Italy may try to exert to secure the return of the statue.
- Jason Felch, A twist in Getty Museum's Italian court saga - latimes.com, L.A. Times, January 14, 2010.