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The Eagle’s co-founder Don Henley was pictured returning to court on Tuesday to continue his testimony on the alleged theft of lyrics for the legendary Hotel California album.

On Monday, Henley denied having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute who overdosed at his LA home in 1980, telling a New York City courtroom today that he was only with her to escape the ‘depression’ he was in following a band fallout.

Henley, who was 32 when it happened, was arrested at the time on a misdemeanor charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but never charged for attempting to have sex with her. The girl was not named in police reports from the time. 

He told police at the time that the pair ‘attempted to make love’ the morning after the party. Today, speaking at the trial of three men accused of stealing the handwritten lyrics of Hotel California, he said he exercised ‘poor judgement’.

‘I wanted to forget about everything that was happening with the band, and I made a poor decision which I regret to this day. I’ve had to live with it for 44 years. I’m still living with it today, in this courtroom. Poor decision.

The Eagle’s co-founder Don Henley was pictured returning to court on Tuesday to continue his testimony on the alleged theft of lyrics for the legendary Hotel California album

On Monday, Henley denied having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute who overdosed at his LA home in 1980

‘I wanted to escape the depression I was in,’ he said, referring to the band’s break-up. They reunited fourteen years later.

Defense lawyers for the men accused of stealing the lyrics asked for the incident to be up for discussion to discredit Henley’s character.

This week, Henley will tell his version of how handwritten pages from the development of the band’s blockbuster 1976 album made their way from his Southern California barn to New York auctions decades later.

The Grammy-winning singer and drummer and vociferous artists’-rights activist is prosecutors’ star witness at the trial, where three collectibles professionals face charges including criminally possessing stolen property.

They’re accused of colluding to veil the documents’ questioned ownership in order to try to sell them and deflect Henley’s demands for their return.

The defendants – rare-book dealer Glenn Horowitz and rock memorabilia specialists Craig Inciardi and Edward Kosinski – have pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers say there was nothing illegal in what happened to the lyric sheets.

Defendant, rare-book dealer Glenn Horowitz arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday

Defendant, rare-book dealer Glenn Horowitz arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame curator Craig Inciardi arrives to court in New York, Tuesday

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame curator Craig Inciardi arrives to court in New York, Tuesday

At issue are about 100 sheets of legal-pad paper inscribed with lyrics-in-the-making for multiple songs on the ‘Hotel California’ album, including ‘Life in the Fast Lane,’ ‘New Kid in Town’ and the title track that turned into one of the most durable hits in rock.

The defendants acquired the pages through writer Ed Sanders, who began working with the Eagles in 1979 on a band biography that never made it into print.

He sold the documents to Horowitz, who sold them to Kosinski and Inciardi. Kosinski has a rock ‘n’ roll collectibles auction site; Inciardi was then a curator at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

In a 2005 email to Horowitz, Sanders said Henley’s assistant had sent him the documents for the biography project, according to the indictment.

Henley, however, testified to a grand jury that he never gave the biographer the lyrics, according to court filings. He reported them stolen after Inciardi and Kosinski began in 2012 to offer them at various auctions.

Henley also bought four pages back for $8,500 in 2012. Kosinski’s lawyers have argued that the transaction implicitly recognized his ownership. By contrast, Eagles manager Irving Azoff testified last week that Henley just wanted the material back and didn’t realize, at the time, that more pages were out there and would crop up at more auctions over the next four years.

Suspects (right to left) Glenn Horowitz, Craig Iciardi and Edward Kosinski were arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court with possessing stolen handwritten lyric notes for the Eagles. They can now grill Henley about a highly embarrassing incident from 1980

Suspects (right to left) Glenn Horowitz, Craig Iciardi and Edward Kosinski were arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court with possessing stolen handwritten lyric notes for the Eagles. They can now grill Henley about a highly embarrassing incident from 1980 

Meanwhile, Horowitz and Inciardi started ginning up alternate stories of how Sanders got hold of the manuscripts, Manhattan prosecutors say.

Among the alternate stories were that they were left behind backstage at an Eagles concert, that Sanders received them from someone he couldn’t recall, and that he got them from Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, according to emails recounted in the indictment. Frey had died by the time Horowitz broached that last option in 2017.

Sanders contributed to or signed onto some explanations, according to the emails. He hasn’t been charged with any crime and hasn’t responded to messages seeking comment about the case.

Kosinski forwarded one of the various explanations to Henley´s lawyer, then told an auction house that the rocker had ‘no claim’ to the documents, the indictment says.

Henley has been a fierce advocate for artists´ rights to their work.

He tangled with Congress over a 1999 copyright law change that affected musicians´ ability to reclaim ownership of their old recordings from record labels. After complaints from Henley and other musicians, Congress unwound the change the next year.

Following the incident, Henley (pictured in 1976) pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to two years probation and handed a $2,500 fine in February 1981

Following the incident, Henley (pictured in 1976) pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to two years probation and handed a $2,500 fine in February 1981

Members of The Eagles, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh pose with an autographed guitar after a news conference in 2013

Members of The Eagles, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh pose with an autographed guitar after a news conference in 2013

Bernie Leadon, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Randy Meisner of The Eagles pose for a group portrait in London in 1973

Bernie Leadon, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Randy Meisner of The Eagles pose for a group portrait in London in 1973

Meanwhile, Henley helped establish a musicians’ rights group that spoke out in venues from Congress to the Supreme Court against online file-sharing platforms. Some popular services at the time let users trade digital recordings for free. The music industry contended that the exchanges flouted copyright laws.

Henley and some other major artists applauded a 2005 high court ruling that cleared a path for record labels to sue file-swapping services.

Henley also sued a Senate candidate over unauthorized use of some of the musician’s solo songs in a campaign spot. Another Henley suit hit a clothing company that made t-shirts emblazoned with a pun on his name. Both cases ended in settlements and apologies from the defendants.

Henley also testified to Congress in 2020, urging copyright law updates to fight online piracy.

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