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Insomniac Events and Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella is facing nearly 14 years in prison for charges of bribery and conspiracy.
Appearing at a pretrial conference in Los Angeles today, the L.A. County District Attorney alleges Rotella used more than $2.5 million to pay off and bribe city officials. He was released today on $1.8 million dollar bail and has been indicted along with five other individuals.
Rotella is a leading figure in dance music and was recently ranked the #1 most powerful person in EDM by inthemix.
According to ABCnews, “The indictment states that Rotella and his associate paid former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano $1.8 million to limit payments due to the Coliseum and to ensure use of the venue for their events.”
The Coliseum and Insomniac Events faced scrutiny after the overdose of a 15-year-old girl at Electric Daisy Carnival 2010.