Insomniac/EDC promoter to be arrested amidst corruption allegations
Fri 23rd Mar, 2012 News 1340 viewsin
According to an ongoing report by LA Weekly overnight, the director of US dance leviathan Electric Daisy Carnival has been implicated in a corruption investigation, with arrests underway. The allegations concern underhand activities at the L.A. Coliseum, EDC’s home before its move to the Las Vegas Speedway.
Patrick Lynch, the Coliseum’s former general manager, Todd DeStefano, the venue’s former events manager, and Reza Gerami, owner of promotion company Go Ventures (responsible for large-scale events like Monster Massive, The Love Festival and Together As One), have been arrested, with the exact charges not yet divulged. An update from LA Weekly adds Insomniac Events promoter Pasquale Rotella to the mix. Rotella is on his way home from ‘preplanned business travel’ at the Miami Winter Music Conference to ‘defend himself against any baseless charges’.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, DeStefano has been accused of taking ‘money on the side’ from dance promoters to ensure they can remain at the Coliseum. Following the death of a festivalgoer at EDC in 2010, apparently dance events have had to fight to remain at the venue, and it is alleged that under-the-table payments to DeStefano sured up their chances.
As for Insomniac’s chief, a statement from his attorney reads: “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.”
The news has been followed by several dance music artists including Kaskade Tweeting with the hash-tag #FreePasqualeRotella, with many casting the news as a ‘modern day witch-hunt’ against ‘EDM’. Below is Insomniac’s statement on the allegations.