Pretrial Hearing For Rotella

Pasquale Rotella faces more than 13 years in prison on corruption charges in connection with an investigation into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with the Insomniac founder due back in court July 29.

The promoter of the massive Electric Daisy Carnival, who was charged in March 2012, appeared in a Los Angeles court May 13 for a pretrial conference for his case. The conference happened to coincide with reports he’s marrying former Playboy Bunny Holly Madison in August, and the blogosphere just couldn’t resist digging up old news for the inevitable “wedding bells to jail cell” references.

Rotella heads back to court when the case reconvenes July 29.

He’s accused of using more than $2.5 million earned from events held at the Coliseum to pay off officials at the venue, though he maintains his innocence.

In a statement last year, Rotella’s attorney Gary Kaufman called the claims “baseless.”

“Pasquale Rotella has always acted lawfully and appropriately with respect to all of his dealings with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Any allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Rotella by the District Attorney’s Office are completely baseless and flat-out wrong, both on the law and on the facts,” Kaufman wrote. 

“All transactions between Insomniac and the Coliseum were transparent and approved by the Coliseum General Manager, his staff and the attorneys representing the Coliseum.”