The lawyers of Insomniac festival boss Pasquale Rotella suggested the LA district attorney’s decision to arrest the Electric Daisy Carnival chief on corruption charges this week was ‘clearly politically motivated and publicity driven’ and said all his business dealings relating to the case were totally ‘transparent’.
“Pasquale Rotella has always acted lawfully and appropriately with respect to all of his dealings with the Coliseum. Any allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Rotella by the District Attorney are completely baseless and flat-out wrong, both on the law and on the facts,” his lawyer Gary Jay Kauffman said in a statement.
“While we recognize that issues surrounding the Coliseum demand attention, we are extremely disappointed that the District Attorney would seek to have Mr. Rotella arrested when he did nothing wrong,”
"Mr. Rotella is going to vigorously defend himself and clear his good name. All defendants are presumed innocent. In this case, Mr. Rotella is not only presumed innocent. He is actually innocent,” he stressed. (LA Times: http://lat.ms/GL5Yw4 )
Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong defended Pasquale passionately, telling Billboard ‘he’s a great guy, and a major contributor to what is happening here in America’ (with America’s rave scene).
"I think it's no secret that [Rotella] wanted to get out of L.A. anyway; that they were after him," Tong added. "They didn't like what he was doing. Nevada welcomed him instead.” (Billboard: http://bit.ly/GTmgUD )
The EDC boss was charged alongside five other men of various corruption charges and was freed on a $1.2 million bail bond. Fellow promoter and co-defendant Reza Gerami failed to raise enough cash for several days to pay the same bail sum and was remanded in custody to the notoriously dangerous Los Angeles County Jail.
He was released on bail on Tuesday a day before former Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch pleaded guilty to one conflict of interest charge and was released with no jail time after agreeing to pay back $385,000.
Insomniac meanwhile promised that their sold out Electric Daisy Carnival in New York will definitely be going ahead whatever happens in the LA court.
"It is business as usual for Insomniac," they stressed in a statement. "The company has a robust leadership team in place implementing Mr. Rotella's vision and no events will be impacted.”
Vegas official Tom Collins also said Insomniac have confirmed this year’s EDC event will happen and spoke enthusiastically about the music festival to the Las Vegas Sun.
“Those folks were so well-behaved last year,” the Clark County Commissioner said, “and that’s what we love — people having a good time and spending their money.”
http://bit.ly/GXXQGi (Lockup S01E14 Inside LA County)
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