$400,000 embezzled from musician
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man who was a personal assistant and financial manager for Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley has admitted embezzling at least $400,000 from the musician.
Getty Andrew Rothenberg, who had been friends with Tinsley for about two decades, pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud in federal court in Charlottesville, court documents showed.
Rothenberg, 39, was initially paid $50,000 a year to pay Tinsley’s personal bills and expenses and direct investments for him. He also handled various personal and financial arrangements for Tinsley’s wife, court documents said. Rothenberg’s salary was later increased to $60,000.
Rothenberg routinely padded the bills and took the excess money for personal use from 2009 through 2012. He also withdrew cash from several accounts controlled by Tinsley, wrote checks to himself and accessed lines of credit established in Tinsley’s name.
In one transaction Feb. 21, 2012, Rothenberg obtained $45,596. He got $41,388 in another transaction on Oct. 11, 2011. Other amounts ranged from about $1,200 to more than $14,000, according to court documents.
Rothenberg faces up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 17.
Rothenberg’s lawyer, Tom Bondurant, said during Tuesday’s hearing Tinsley discovered the missing money and confronted Rothenberg in 2012, media outlets reported.
Bondurant said the two men had been friends for about 20 years.
“Andrew Rothenberg is a good man. He got caught up in some unfortunate circumstances,” Bondurant said. “He knows what he did is wrong.”
U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy commended Tinsley for coming forward.
“This was a case he initiated — that when he discovered the fraud, he came forward,” Heaphy said.
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — An HBO executive says it’s unimaginable that a drama pilot featuring one of James Gandolfini’s final performances will air.
Gandolfini, 51, shot a pilot for “Criminal Justice,” an adaptation of the 2008 BBC series. Gandolfini played a low-rent New York City attorney.
The of “The Sopranos” died of a heart attack in June.
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo told the Television Critics Association on Thursday that he can’t imagine airing the pilot with Gandolfini since he wouldn’t continue with the drama.
“Criminal Justice” was being restructured as a miniseries.
Lombardo says it’s difficult to think of recasting Gandolfini’s part. He didn’t indicate what the drama’s future would be.
Gandolfini’s final movies, the crime film “Animal Rescue” and the romance “Enough Said,” are awaiting release.
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NEW YORK — Lady Gaga will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards next month. It will be one of her first appearances since having hip surgery in February.
The pop star will perform her new single at the Aug. 25 awards show, which will air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., MTV announced Thursday.
Gaga, 27, sang the national anthem at New York’s Gay Pride last month.
She’ll release a new album, “ARTPOP,” on Nov. 11.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the VMA Awards with six nominations each. Bruno Mars is up for four awards. Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Thirty Seconds to Mars have three nominations each.
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LONDON — Prince Harry has laid out his mission as an uncle: protect the newest member of his family, and make sure Britain’s little prince has fun.
Harry told reporters at a charity event in London on Thursday that when he met Prince George, the new baby “was crying his eyes out, as all babies do.”
He says he wants to make sure the future heir to the throne “has a good upbringing, and keep him out of harm’s way and to make sure he has fun.”
The rest, he said, he’ll leave to the baby’s parents, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton.
That’s not to say he won’t help out: Harry adds that he hopes his brother knows “how expensive” his baby-sitting services are.
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MONUMENT, Colo. — Police in Colorado say an arrest warrant has been issued for the wife of TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman after she was accused of verbally harassing a teenager.
Attorneys for Beth Chapman say she did nothing wrong.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Thursday that police in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, couldn’t reach Chapman to issue a summons, so they obtained the warrant.
Chapman’s Colorado attorney, Gary Lozow, says she will cooperate with police and expects to be exonerated.
Police Lt. Steve Burk says the alleged harassment took place July 10 at a lake. He declined to provide details.
The Chapmans appear on the CMT show “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.” They own a home in Castle Rock.
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Larry David refuses to be pinned down on the possibility of a new season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Mostly because the guy who plays himself on the HBO comedy says he’s lazy.
David told the Television Critics Association on Thursday that he’s “just an indecisive fellow” and that it’s a big decision to commit to a ninth season of “Curb.” New episodes last aired in 2011.
David will be back on HBO next month as the star and writer of “Clear History,” a comedy in which he plays a marketing executive at a startup electric car company who quits his job before the business goes on to makes millions.
The star-studded cast includes Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Michael Keaton, and J.B. Smoove, who appeared in “Curb.”