Insomniac Events CEO Pasquale Rotella, was one of six people named in an indictment Friday (today), the LA TIMES reports. Pasquale Rotella is a nightlife industry leader who is also the CEO of Electronic Daisy Carnival which operated at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum up until it was moved to Las Vegas in 2011. This politically charged move on the part of the Los Angeles District Attorney, is clearly publicity driven in an effort to revive the desperate Coliseum in L.A. after they almost went bankrupt when Insomniac events moved their events to Las Vegas in 2011. These deperate measures on the part of the L.A. District Attorney are extrememly disappointing for the nightlife industry as a whole and serve no useful purpose in bettering any aspect of of the industry.
Yesterday, Gary Jay Kaufman, attorney for Insomniac Events, issued the following statement regarding the news that the District Attorney's office was looking to arrest Pasquale Rotella following other arrests associated with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and its former staff. “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.”
“All transactions between Insomniac and the Coliseum were transparent and approved by the Coliseum General Manager, his staff and the attorneys representing the Coliseum. While we recognize that issues surrounding the Coliseum demand attention, we are disappointed that the District Attorney would seek to have Mr. Rotella arrested when he did nothing wrong. Any charges against Mr. Rotella are clearly politically motivated and publicity driven. Mr. Rotella will vigorously defend himself and looks forward to being completely vindicated.”
This morning, Pasquale Rotella, along with his attorney, voluntarily turned himself in and attended a court appearance after learning that the District Attorney's office was looking for him. His attorney insists that "Mr. Rotella moved mountains to return expeditiously to Los Angeles from a pre-planned business trip in Florida in order to appear in court voluntarily today to defend himself against any baseless charges.""In the meantime, it is business as usual for Insomniac. The company has a robust leadership team in place implementing Mr. Rotella's vision and no events will be impacted."
About Insomniac Events
Insomniac produces innovative concerts and music festivals amplified by state-of-the-art lighting design, interactive circus and theatrical performances, and audience participation. Insomniac's premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival, is one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. Insomniac has produced more than 250 music events for more than 2,000,000 concertgoers in California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Founded and led by Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac has been based in Los Angeles since it started in 1993.