All charges against Pasquale Rotella have been dropped
The Los County District Attorney’s Office has officially dismissed all felony charges against Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac. Rotella was charged in 2012 alongside L.A. Memorial Coliseum event manager Todd DeStefano and promoter Reza Gerami for alleged bribery and conspiracy — specifically for paying DeStefano $1.9 million in kickbacks to throw events at the venue. The case came to light in the official investigation following the death of a 15-year-old girl at Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010. All three defendants have maintained their innocence.
Pasquale Rotella did however plead no contest to a single misdemeanor conflict-of-interest count. He will serve three years of probation and pay a fine of $150,000.
Pasquale Rotella issued the following statement on the news: “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.”
Rotella’s lawyer echoed the statement: “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.”