3 charged in connection with scheme to sell stolen ‘Hotel California’ tickets

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NEW YORK (AP) — Three people were charged Tuesday in an alleged conspiracy involving the handwritten lyrics of classic rock juggernaut “Hotel California.”

The defendants, despite knowing the material was stolen, lied to auction houses and buyers about the origin of the manuscripts, prosecutors said.

An indictment filed in Manhattan State Court accuses Glenn Horowitz, Craig Inciardi and Edward Kosinski of conspiring to possess Don Henley’s notes and lyrics for the song and other hits…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Three people were charged Tuesday in an alleged conspiracy involving the handwritten lyrics of classic rock juggernaut “Hotel California.”

The defendants, despite knowing the material was stolen, lied to auction houses and buyers about the origin of the manuscripts, prosecutors said.

An indictment filed in Manhattan state court accuses Glenn Horowitz, Craig Inciardi and Edward Kosinski of conspiring to possess Don Henley’s notes and lyrics for the song and other hits like “Life in the Fast Lane” and “New Kid In Town”, all popular. over a million dollars.

The men pleaded not guilty through their attorneys at arraignment. They were released without bail.

“The district attorney’s office is alleging crime where there is none and unfairly tarnishing the reputations of highly respected professionals,” the attorneys said in a statement. “We will vigorously fight these unwarranted accusations. These men are innocent.

According to court documents, an author hired to write a biography of the group originally stole the manuscripts in the late 1970s. The documents detail email correspondence between the defendants and a person claiming to have found the material dumped there. decades in a backstage box at an Eagles concert.

“That was about 35 years ago and my memory is hazy!” the person wrote.

The chart-topping title track and self-titled album “Hotel California” both won Grammys. The album has sold over 26 million copies since its release in 1976, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.

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