Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator Craig Inciardi and two other men have been charged with allegedly trying to sell more than 100 pages of notes and lyrics Don Henley wrote as the Eagles prepared to record their album the most sold. Hotel California. The notes included the lyrics to “Hotel California”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, and “New Kid in Town”. Inciardi, Glenn Horowitz and Edward Kosinski allegedly tried to sell the notes, worth more than $1 million, New York officials said. said Tuesday.

The three men have been charged by the New York State Supreme Court with one count of fourth-degree conspiracy, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Brigg Jr. said in a statement. hurry. Inciardi, 58, and Kosinski, 59, were also charged with first-degree criminal possession of the stolen property. Horowitz, 66, faces a charge of attempted criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree and two counts of obstruction of prosecution in the second degree.

According to court documents, an author hired to write the Eagles biography stole the notes in the late 1970s. The author sold the manuscripts to Horowitz, who sold them to Inciardi and Kosinski. Henley learned that the two were trying to sell some of the notes, so he filed police reports. The “Dirty Laundry” singer told the defendants that the notes were stolen and he wanted them back. Instead, the defendants spent years trying to prevent Henley from recovering the notes, the indictment says.

Inciardi and Kosinski created false evidence to show how they got the notes and tried to force Henley to pay the notes, according to the indictment. During this time they also attempted to sell the manuscripts at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. They even reportedly asked Sotheby’s to hide Henley’s claims that tickets were stolen from potential buyers ahead of a 2016 auction.

In December 2016, the district attorney’s office used a search warrant to obtain the notes from Sotheby’s. They also seized 84 pages of notes from Kosinski’s home in New Jersey. Then, Horowitz allegedly created a fake document claiming that Henley’s late teammate Glenn Frey gave him the notes to avoid criminal prosecution. Authorities obtained an email in which Horowitz wrote: “[Frey] alas, is dead, and identifying him as the source would make that go away once and for all.” Frey died in January 2016.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame suspended Inciardi just before Manhattan prosecutor announced indictment, reports rolling stone. “At this time, we do not know if Craig has committed any wrongdoing,” Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Pressman wrote in a letter to board members. “He will remain on leave pending the resolution of the third-party internal investigation and the extent of the charges once the indictment is unsealed.”

Eagles manager Irving Azoff said rolling stone the group was thrilled and Henley hopes the documents will be returned to them soon. “This action exposes the truth about musical memorabilia sales of highly personal stolen items hidden behind a facade of legitimacy,” Azoff said in a statement. “No one has the right to sell illegally obtained goods or profit from the outright theft of irreplaceable pieces of music history. These handwritten lyrics are an integral part of the legacy that Don Henley has created over the course of his 50+ year career.”