With knowledge that the handwritten lyrics from the Eagles song Hotel California had been stolen, three individuals are accused of planning to sell them. The band’s popular 1976 album’s lyrics and notes belonged to singer and drummer Don Henley and are worth more than $1 million (£840,000). The individuals, according to the prosecution, misled the police, possible buyers, and auction houses about the origins of the material. The accusations are refuted by Glenn Horowitz, Craig Inciardi, and Edward Kosinski.
According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Inciardi is a “employee with curator responsibilities.” The three were involved in a “years-long campaign to stop Henley from recovering the manuscripts,” according to the New York District Attorney’s office. According to the district attorney, a person hired to write a biography of the group originally stole the lyrics to songs like Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, and New Kid in Town in the late 1970s.
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The biographer allegedly sold them to rare book dealer Mr. Horowitz in 2005. Mr. Horowitz allegedly sold the items to Mr. Inciardi in Brooklyn and Mr. Kosinski in New Jersey. Henley filed police reports after learning that the latter two were attempting to sell some of the 100 pages of manuscripts, requesting the return of his property, but the men allegedly refused to do so.
The defendants “attempted to keep and sell these unique and valuable manuscripts, despite knowing they had no right to do so,” according to district attorney Bragg. For financial gain, he continued, “they made up stories about the origin of the documents and their right to possess them. In New York, all three defendants have entered not-guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy and criminal possession, as well as Mr. Horowitz’s charge of obstructing justice.
Their attorneys said the district attorney’s office “alleges criminality where none exists and unfairly tarnishes the reputations of well-respected professionals” in a joint statement to the news agency Reuters.