According to court documents, nearly 100 pages of Henley’s notes, including lyrics to “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” were stolen in the late 1970s by an author hired to write a biography of the band.
Craig Inciardi, Glenn Horowitz and Edward Kosinski are accused of conspiring to sell Henley’s pages through auction houses, even though they knew the items were stolen.
Rolling Stone notes that it was Horowitz who acquired the Eagles documents in 2005. He then allegedly recruited Inciardi and Kosinski in an effort to “sell off the documents to various auction houses, as well as trying to ‘coerce’ Henley into buying back the property that rightfully belonged to him.”
Inciardi is the curator and director of acquisitions at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He previously worked for the auction house Sotheby’s before joining the Hall’s staff.
All three men have been charged with conspiracy in the fourth degree, which carries up to a four-year prison sentence. Inciardi and Kosinski were also charged with criminal possession, while Horowitz was charged with attempted criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of hindering prosecution. All three men pleaded not guilty.
“The DA’s office alleges criminality where none exists and unfairly tarnishes the reputations of well-respected professionals,” the defendants’ attorneys said via statement. “We will fight these unjustified charges vigorously. These men are innocent.”
Meanwhile, Eagles manager Irving Azoff told Rolling Stone the indictments expose “the truth about music memorabilia sales of highly personal, stolen items hidden behind a facade of legitimacy.”
“No one has the right to sell illegally obtained property or profit from the outright theft of irreplaceable pieces of musical history,” he continued. “These handwritten lyrics are an integral part of the legacy Don Henley has created over the course of his 50-plus-year career.”
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