NEW YORK (WPIX) — Three men are accused of auctioning off stolen handwritten lyric scripts from the Eagles’ album “Hotel California” worth more than $1 million, the office of the Manhattan District Attorney in an indictment.
Glenn Horowitz, 66; Craig Inciardi, 58, and Edward Kosinski, 59, are accused of possessing approximately 100 pages of handwritten notes and lyrics by Don Henley for Eagles songs, including “Hotel California”, “Life in the Fast Lane” and ” New Kid in Town”.
“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 possess them so they could profit from them,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement.
The manuscripts were originally stolen from Henley in the late 1970s by an author who was hired to write a biography about the Eagles, prosecutors said. The biographer eventually sold the manuscripts in 2005 to Horowitz, a rare book dealer in New York, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Horowitz then allegedly sold them to Inciardi and Kosinski, authorities said.
Horowitz and Inciardi are accused of making up a false story about how they came into possession of the manuscripts. Inciardi and Kosinski then tried to convince Henley to buy them out between 2012 and 2017, authorities said. However, Henley told them the manuscripts had been stolen and demanded that they return them, but Inciardi and Kosinski reportedly refused, authorities said.
Inciardi and Kosinski also attempted to sell the manuscripts at Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses, lying to auctioneers about how they obtained the manuscripts, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. When Henley discovered Inciardi and Kosinski were trying to sell portions of the manuscripts, he filed police reports, authorities said.
In 2016, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office executed a series of search warrants and recovered Henley’s manuscripts from Sotheby’s auction house and Kosinski’s New Jersey home. Horowitz is accused of trying soon after to use the recent death of Eagles founding member Glenn Frey to avoid prosecution by claiming Frey was how they came into possession of the manuscripts.
In an email, Horowitz said: “[Frey] alas, is dead and identifying him as the source would make this go away once and for all,” according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Inciardi, of Brooklyn, and Kosinski, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, are both charged with conspiracy and criminal possession of stolen property. Horowitz is charged with conspiracy, attempted criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of obstructing prosecution.
Lawyers representing Horowitz, Inciardi and Kosinski denied the allegations by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, calling the criminal charges “wrongful.”
“The prosecutor’s office is alleging crime where there is none and unfairly tarnishing the reputations of highly respected professionals. We will vigorously fight these unwarranted accusations. These men are innocent,” said a joint statement from attorneys Jonathan Bach, Stacey Richman and Antonia Apps.
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