A few adult men, which includes a curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, were being charged on Tuesday in excess of allegedly possessing a trove of stolen handwritten notes and lyrics by the Eagles’ co-founder Don Henley, with New York officials estimating the paperwork are worth more than $1 million.
Curator Craig Inciardi, Glenn Horowitz, and Edward Kosinski are all accused of staying associated in a conspiracy that sought to peddle almost 100 internet pages of Don Henley’s handwritten notes and lyrics from “Hotel California” and “Life in the Quick Lane” to likely buyers. (Lawyers for the adult men claimed their purchasers had been innocent and would “fight these unjustified fees vigorously.”)
Henley has been attempting to recover the manuscripts for several years after the documents ended up allegedly stolen in the 1970s by an unnamed biographer, who pawned them off to Horowitz in 2005, according to officials.
Horowitz allegedly brought Inciardi and Kosinski into the fold, and the trio began working to provide off the documents to various auction houses, together with Sotheby’s and Christie’s, as nicely as seeking to “coerce” Henley into obtaining again the house that rightfully belonged to him, officers claimed.
The DA’s workplace commenced investigating the make any difference shortly just before founding member Glenn Frey’s demise in January 2016, professing that Horowitz hatched a approach to assert the documents had belonged to Frey, producing the felony investigation versus the gentlemen fall aside. He allegedly wrote in an email that “identifying [Frey] as the resource would make this go absent once and for all.”
In addition to all 3 adult males currently being charged with one depend of conspiracy in the fourth diploma, which carries up to a 4-yr jail sentence, Horowitz faces a initially-diploma cost for attempted prison possession of stolen home and two counts of hindering prosecution. Inciardi and Kosinski were being also billed with 1st diploma counts of prison possession.
Rolling Stone has realized that Inciardi has considering that been suspended from his role at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with President and CEO Joel Peresman informing board associates of the decision soon just before news of the indictment went general public.
“At this time we do not know no matter if Craig engaged in any wrongdoing,” he wrote in a letter attained by Rolling Stone. “He will remain on depart pending the resolution of the third occasion inner investigation and the extent of the expenses as soon as the indictment is unsealed.”
In a statement provided to Rolling Stone, the Eagles manager Irving Azoff said the band was happy with the indictments and Henley was hunting ahead to the files return.
“This action exposes the reality about new music memorabilia income of remarkably personal, stolen merchandise concealed driving a facade of legitimacy,” he stated. “No a person has the right to offer illegally acquired property or profit from the outright theft of irreplaceable parts of musical history. These handwritten lyrics are an integral component of the legacy Don Henley has produced about the program of his 50-as well as-yr career,” he included.”
Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg similarly celebrated the information in a press release asserting the indictments. “New York is a planet-class hub for artwork and society, and these who deal cultural artifacts ought to scrupulously abide by the law,” he wrote. “These defendants attempted to keep and provide these one of a kind and useful manuscripts, despite realizing they experienced no correct to do so. They created up stories about the origin of the documents and their right to possess them so they could flip a financial gain.”