3 charged in scheme to sell stolen ‘Hotel California’ lyrics

NEW YORK (AP) — A rock memorabilia supplier and two other men had been charged Tuesday with scheming to promote allegedly ill-gotten, handwritten lyrics to the traditional rock juggernaut “Hotel California” and other hits by the Eagles.

Prosecutors reported the trio lied to auction properties and customers about the manuscripts’ fuzzy chain of origin, coaching the man or woman who presented the content about what to say. Meanwhile, the guys tried out to thwart Eagles co-founder Don Henley’s initiatives to reclaim the goods, according to prosecutors.

“They created up stories about the origin of the documents and their appropriate to possess them so they could switch a income,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg stated.

As a result of their lawyers, rock auctioneer Edward Kosinski and co-defendants Glenn Horowitz and Craig Inciardi pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges. Kosinski and Inciardi have been also charged with felony possession of stolen house, and Horowitz was charged with attempted prison possession of stolen assets and two counts of hindering prosecution. They have been launched without the need of bail.

Their attorneys insist the men are harmless.

“The DA’s workplace alleges criminality exactly where none exists and unfairly tarnishes the reputations of very well-respected experts,” protection attorneys Antonia Apps, Jonathan Bach and Stacey Richman reported in a assertion vowing to “fight these unjustified rates vigorously.”

Applications, who represents Kosinski, afterwards called the prices “the weakest felony circumstance I have witnessed in my whole occupation,” characterizing it as a “civil dispute” about ownership.

“Despite 6 yrs of investigating the situation, the DA hasn’t bundled a solitary factual allegation in the indictment showing that my customer did anything at all incorrect,” she said in a statement.

The trove of documents integrated Henley’s notes and lyrics for “Hotel California” and two other singles from that eponymous, blockbuster album: “Life in the Quickly Lane” and “New Kid In City.” Prosecutors valued the content at around $1 million.

The writings are “irreplaceable pieces of musical history” and “an integral section of the legacy Don Henley has produced around the course of his 50-in addition-12 months job,” longtime Eagles supervisor Irving Azoff claimed in a statement.

He thanked prosecutors for bringing a case that exposes “the truth of the matter about new music memorabilia income of extremely individual, stolen things concealed behind a facade of legitimacy.”

The chart-topping, Grammy-Award-successful one “Hotel California” is a touchstone of 1970s rock, with a single of the era’s most unforgettable guitar solos capping a musical tale of staying lured into a glitzy, mysterious hotel where by “you can check out any time you like, but you can under no circumstances go away.” Theories about its meaning abound Henley has explained it’s about excessive and a dim facet of the American desire.

The Grammy-profitable album has offered much more than 26 million copies given that its release in 1976, generating it just one of the finest marketing in heritage.

According to prosecutors and an indictment, Horowitz bought the files around 2005 from a author who worked on a by no means-printed e book about the Eagles in the late ’70s.

The writer, who is just not discovered in the indictment, gave a range of explanations to Horowitz above the a long time of wherever the documents arrived from.

In a single electronic mail incorporated in the indictment, the writer states Henley’s assistant sent them from the musician’s Malibu, California, home immediately after the author picked them out in yet another, the writer found them discarded in a dressing space backstage at an Eagles live performance in another, an individual who worked for the band gave them to him.

“It was about 35 many years in the past and my memory is foggy!” the writer explained in a 2012 electronic mail.

By then, Kosinski and Inciardi had purchased the documents from Horowitz Kosinski experienced outlined them for sale on his on the internet auction internet site and inquiries about their origins were looming.

In subsequent emails, Horowitz and Inciardi worked to have the writer’s “‘explanation’ formed into a communication” — inevitably, an April 2012 email indicating that he did not keep in mind who gave him the files. Kosinski sent it to Henley’s lawyer, according to the indictment.

Afterwards that month, Kosinski marketed some “Hotel California” lyric sheets to Henley for $8,500, in accordance to the indictment.

Inciardi and Kosinski then tried to peddle a lot more of the Eagles documents to other opportunity customers by Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses, while also supplying to offer some to Henley, in accordance to the indictment.

By 2017, with not only Henley’s lawyers but the district attorney’s office asking thoughts, Horowitz requested the author regardless of whether he’d gotten the resources from one more founding Eagles member, Glenn Frey, the indictment stated. Frey experienced died the 12 months just before.

“Once you establish GF as the supply of the tablet, you and I are out of this photo for good,” Horowitz wrote in a abide by-up email.

The writer then supplied a note to that result, in accordance to the indictment.