Men charged with trying to sell stolen handwritten lyrics and notes from Hotel California album

According to a press release, about 100 pages of notes and lyrics for songs like “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “New Kid in Town” were among the documents prosecutors said were stolen and had value of more than 1 million US dollars.

Men Glenn Horowitz, 66, Craig Inciardi, 58, and Edward Kosinski, 59, have each been charged with fourth-degree conspiracy. Inciardi and Kosinski were also charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree. Horowitz was charged with attempted criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree and two counts of obstructing law enforcement in the second degree. The three men turned themselves in to authorities on Tuesday and were handed over to their lawyers.

The three men’s lawyers released a joint statement to CNN saying the men were innocent.

“The Office of the Attorney General claims crime where none exists and unfairly tarnishes the reputations of respected professionals. We will vigorously combat these unjustified allegations,” said attorneys Jonathan Bach, Stacey Richman and Antonia Apps in a statement.

The indictment alleges that between 2012 and 2019 Inciardi and Kosinski had in their possession “development lyrics” to songs from the Hotel California album that the men knew the documents were stolen and attempted to sell them.

“These defendants attempted to keep and sell these unique and valuable manuscripts, even though they knew they had no right to do so. They made up stories about where the documents came from and their right to own them for profit,” Bragg said.

Prosecutors said in a press release that the manuscripts were originally stolen in the late 1970s by an author hired to write a biography of the band, and that the biographer eventually sold the manuscripts in 2005 to Horowitz, who is a rare book dealer Books is said to have later sold the documents to Inciardi and Kosinski. CNN has reached out to each of the men for comment on the allegations.

“When Don Henley learned that Inciardi and Kosinski were attempting to sell portions of the manuscripts, he filed a police report, telling the defendants that the materials were stolen and demanding the return of his property,” prosecutors said in a press release.

Prosecutors said Inciardi and Kosinski tried to force Henley to buy back the manuscripts while simultaneously attempting to sell them through the Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses. Prosecutors executed a series of search warrants beginning in December 2016 and obtained the manuscripts from Sotheby’s and Kosinski’s New Jersey home. CNN has reached out to Sotheby’s for comment.

The indictment shows emails between the men discussing how they would identify the source of the manuscripts for others. In a February 22, 2017 email after Eagles member Glenn Frey passed away, Horowitz allegedly wrote that identifying Frey as the source of the manuscripts “would make this go away once and for all.”

An email allegedly sent by Kosinski to a Sotheby’s employee in December 2016 said, “Don Henley still wants that back” and asked, “Please don’t tell any potential bidder that (Henley’s) attorneys are asking about the lyrics.”

The men’s hearing on their case is expected on October 4.

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