The Los Angeles County District Attorney has dismissed all felony charges against Insomniac Events founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella. The promoter had been brought up on embezzlement and conspiracy charges stemming from payments made to L.A. Coliseum Event Manager Todd DeStefano.
Rotella's attorney, Gary Jay Kaufman, issued the following statement in response to the verdict:
“I am so pleased that all of the charges in the grand jury indictment against Mr. Rotella have now been dismissed. We have maintained from day one that Mr. Rotella is innocent, and today’s dismissal finally confirms this. I am elated for Mr. Rotella and his family.”
Rotella himself commented:
"I always knew the charges were politically motivated and publicity driven. While it's taken too long to finally put this behind me, I can now focus my energy where it belongs: my family and my company. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this.”
What has not yet reached the courtroom is the case against Pasquale Rotella filed by promoters Stephen "Steve Kool Aid" Enos and Gary Richards. Seeing as how the latter is bound to face his own share of litigious turmoil as a result of HARD Summer's catastrophic 2016 edition, however, his character might be more questionable now than when he first waged the legal battle.