Electronica promoter surrenders in Coliseum case
The legal woes surrounding raves at the L.A. Coliseum deepened Friday when Pasquale Rotella, the chief executive of the concert-promotion company Insomniac, voluntarily turned himself in to authorities investigating malfeasance with the venue's management.
Rotella, whose company produces a number of marquee electronica events including the Electric Daisy Carnival, surrendered after returning from a business trip in Florida. Six people have been indicted in the scandal, which allegedly involves large payments that Insomniac and another rave-production company, Go Ventures, paid to firms owned by Todd DeStefano, the former events manager at the Coliseum who regulated such events in an official capacity, according to state records and interviews by The Times.
The Times' L.A. Now has full coverage of the case, including the response from Rotella's attorney Gary Jay Kaufman that, "Mr. Rotella is going to vigorously defend himself and clear his good name. All defendants are presumed innocent. In this case, Mr. Rotella is not only presumed innocent. He is actually innocent."
Photo: Festival goers run into trouble with security after several people rushed a fence separating fans in seats and fans on the lawn during the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival on June 26, 2010, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. John W. Adkisson/Los Angeles Times.