New York authorities have charged three people regarding their possession of 100 pages of lyric notes from Eagles frontman Don Henley.
In a information launch on Tuesday, Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg (D) introduced that Glenn Horowitz, 66, Craig Inciardi, 58, and Edward Kosinski, 59, had all been charged as a part of the scheme.
The manuscripts had been initially stolen by a author who had been employed to pen a biography of the rock band greater than 40 years in the past, based on courtroom paperwork. The writer purportedly bought the manuscripts to Horowitz in 2005. Horowitz, a uncommon guide supplier, then bought them to Inciardi and Kosinski.
After studying in regards to the stolen manuscripts, Henley himself sought to intervene, together with by submitting a police report.
The people on the heart of the alleged theft engaged in a years-long battle with Henley to stop him from recovering the fabric. Horowitz and Inciardi each went as far as to manufacture the manuscripts’ provenance. Inciardi and Kosinski used the false assertion of provenance to coerce the frontman to repurchase his stolen manuscripts.
The people additionally sought to promote the stolen manuscripts via Christie’s and Sotheby’s public sale homes, however all withheld data on Henley’s claims from potential patrons.
Authorities executed a collection of search warrants and retrieved Henley’s stolen manuscripts, together with 84 pages to songs from the Eagles’ 1977 album “Resort California,” which included lyrics from songs akin to “Resort California,” “Life within the Quick Lane” and “New Child in City,” the information launch mentioned.
Authorities added that Horowitz tried to stop himself from being criminally prosecuted by creating a brand new false assertion of provenance that claimed that band member Glenn Frey, who died in 2016, was the unique proprietor of the stolen materials.
“New York is a world-class hub for artwork and tradition, and people who deal cultural artifacts should scrupulously comply with the legislation. There is no such thing as a room for many who would search to disregard the fundamental expectations of truthful dealing and undermine the general public’s confidence and belief in our cultural commerce for their very own ends,” Bragg mentioned in an announcement.
“These defendants tried to maintain and promote these distinctive and precious manuscripts, regardless of understanding that they had no proper to take action. They made up tales in regards to the origin of the paperwork and their proper to own them so they may flip a revenue,” he added.