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Three charged over stolen lyric notes from The Eagles’ Don Henley

New York authorities have charged three individuals concerning their possession of one hundred pages of lyric notes from the Eagles’ frontman Don Henley. In a news release on Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) announced that Glenn Horowitz, 66; Craig Inciardi, 58; and Edward Kosinski, 59, had all been charged as part of the…

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A hundred pages of lyric notes from Eagles frontman Don Henley have been charged against three people in New York City.

According to a press release from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D), Glenn Horowitz, 66; Craig Inciardi, 58; and Edward Kosinski, 59, have all been charged in connection with the scheme.

In court documents, it was revealed that the manuscripts were originally stolen by a writer hired to write a biography of the rock band more than 40 years earlier. Horowitz allegedly bought the manuscripts from the author in 2005. After that, they were sold to Inciardi and Kosinski by rare book dealer Horowitz.

Henley made a police report after discovering that the manuscripts had been stolen.

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The people accused of the theft fought the Eagles’ star for years to keep him from recovering the material. They went so far as to fabricate the manuscripts’ provenance, as did Horowitz and Inciardi. False claims of provenance were used by Inciardi and Kosinski to persuade the frontman to return his stolen manuscripts.

Henley’s claims were withheld from potential buyers of the stolen manuscripts sold through Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses.

84 pages of lyrics to songs from the Eagles’ 1977 album Hotel California, including “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “New Kid in Town,” were recovered by authorities after a series of search warrants were executed, according to a news release.

A new false statement of provenance claimed that late band member Glenn Frey, who passed away in 2016, was the original owner of the stolen material, according to authorities.

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If you’re going to do business with cultural memorabilia in New York, you better make sure you’re following the rules. The public’s confidence and trust in our cultural trade cannot be undermined by those who would disregard basic expectations of fair dealing, Bragg said in a statement.

“Despite knowing they had no legal right to do so, the defendants tried to keep and sell these valuable and unique manuscripts. So they could profit, they made up stories about the documents’ provenance and their rightful ownership of them. “

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