3 Accused Of Attempting To Sell Stolen “Hotel California” Lyrics And Notes
Three men, including a curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland, have been charged with conspiring to sell nearly 100 pages of stolen lyrics and notes to Eagles co-founder Don Henley in the 70s.
The liner notes reportedly cover a lot of the Eagles’ Henley songwriting Hotel Californiasongs of the time. They are believed to have been stolen by an anonymous biographer over 40 years ago.
Rock Hall Curator Craig Inciardi and his alleged accomplices Glenn Horowitz and Edouard Kosinski are accused of attempting to sell the stolen tickets to potential buyers, including auction houses. Even Henley himself was pressured to redeem his stolen documents, prosecutors say.
The three men have been charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, which could land them in prison for up to four years.
Horowitz, who acquired the documents in 2005, is additionally charged with first-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of obstructing prosecution.
Inciardi was suspended from his post at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Lawyers for the defendants say their clients are innocent and “will vigorously fight these unwarranted accusations”.
Eagles Coach Irving Azoff said in a statement to rolling stone that the group was encouraged by the indictments. Henley himself anticipates a reunion with his stolen papers.
“This action exposes the truth about the sales of very personal stolen item music memorabilia hidden behind a facade of legitimacy,” Azoff said. “No one has the right to sell illegally obtained goods or profit from the outright theft of irreplaceable pieces of musical history. These handwritten lyrics are an integral part of the legacy that Don Henley created during his career spanning over 50 years.