Felony charges dropped against EDC guru Pasquale Rotella

Charges of bribery, embezzlement and conspiracy have been dropped against Pasquale Rotella, the Electric Daisy Carnival guru who’s married to Holly Madison.

Before moving EDC to Vegas, Rotella and Reza Gerami ran the event in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors there had accused them of giving nearly $2 million in kickbacks to a venue’s event manager.

The LA Times reported Thursday that a plea bargain had been reached and that Rotella “pleaded no contest Thursday afternoon to a single misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge. He will pay $150,000 to Los Angeles County and serve three years of probation.”

Also on Thursday, Rotella, CEO of EDC’s parent company Insomniac, issued a statement of victory borne of frustration:

“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.”

Madison’s expecting a second son this month, reportedly.

DANCING FOR CAUSES

Speaking of EDC, the desert DJ fest collected $1 per ticket and other charitable donations, and now Insomniac has donated $40,000 to Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, $40,000 to Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund and $40,000 to the Injured Police Officers Fund.

So Insomniac is having a good week.

BRITNEY BOOTY

There must be people in the world who’d pay a Kardashian’s ransom to hire Britney Spears to give them a lap dance in bed, but not Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel got a Britney dance for free.

Spears “pranked” the talk show host by walking her glittery booty and her topless male dancers to Kimmel’s house in the middle of the night to wake him up with a song.

Britney’s lap dance was mostly PG as TV cameras and Kimmel’s complicit wife watched.

Kimmel, a former Las Vegan, had a similar thing happen last year when Rihanna sang-woke him on camera.

The prank benefited both Kimmel and Spears. After airing the video, Kimmel (onstage at “Jimmy Kimmel Live”) plugged a new Spears album coming out soon.

If you rehearsed a prank with paid dancers and pulled it off on national TV, the least you’d expect the TV-ratings-minded host to do is to give you a product plug.

BRITNEY QUESTION

Spears has canceled two Planet Hollywood shows (Aug. 26-27) and added two Planet Hollywood shows (Oct. 19, Jan. 11).

No word from Caesars Entertainment on why these two shows have been switched. Insights, anyone?

THE HIGH PRICE OF HIGH ROLLING

E! News’ Sara Kitnick tracked down how much money it could cost to live high on the hog briefly in Vegas, much like a rich and/or famous person. Her total reached nearly $380,000

The breakdown:

Super fancy private jet from L.A. and back: $85,500.

Hotel penthouse: $5,000.

Dayclub cabana with Champagne: $35,000.

Dinner for your entourage: $2,143.

Hyde nightclub VIP table where you can press the Bellagio fountains’ button and drink 40 bottles of Champagne: $250,000.

Spa: $620, what a bargain by comparison.

We could quibble with these numbers. To arrive at this particular price tag is like throwing darts at a topless pool, but it’s interesting. And $250,000 at Hyde? Really? I could do so much more with a quarter-mill.

SIGHTINGS

That was a virgin pina colada in UFC star Georges St-Pierre’s hand while he was hanging with buddies at Tao Beach in The Venetian on Wednesday.

Late sighting, because I was on vacation: Bethenny Frankel of “Real Housewives of New York” brunched at Lavo in the Palazzo Sunday: egg-white omelet, one-point meatball, breakfast mac-and-cheese. Hope she took some of that to go.

Doug Elfman can be reached at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman. On Twitter: @VegasAnonymous

ad-high_impact_4
Entertainment
The 46th annual Greek Food Festival will feed 25,000 people in Las Vegas
Madame Tussauds Has The Newest VR Experience On The Strip
Madame Tussauds Has The Newest VR Experience On The Strip. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Zia Records Move
Zias Records is moving from its Sahara Avenue and Arville Street location to a bigger store. (Mat Luscheck/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Students At The International Contortion Convention In Las Vegas Learn How To Bend And Twist Their Bodies
Students At The International Contortion Convention In Las Vegas Learn How To Bend And Twist Their Bodies. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Video from Fertitta wedding Sep. 1
video from @wedstagrams of Fertitta wedding at Red Rock Resort
You Can Get Vegan Unicorn Toast In Downtown Las Vegas
You Can Get Vegan Unicorn Toast In Downtown Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Five must-see bands at Psycho Las Vegas 2018
Five must-see bands at Psycho Las Vegas 2018
Zuma's Ice Cube Carving Is Satisfying To Watch
Zuma's Ice Cube Carving Is Satisfying To Watch (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Therapy In Downtown Las Vegas Serves Cast Iron S'mores
Therapy In Downtown Las Vegas Serves Cast Iron S'mores. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Brunch Spot The Stove Makes Unicorn Hot Chocolate And Bananas Foster Pancakes
New Brunch Spot The Stove Makes Unicorn Hot Chocolate And Bananas Foster Pancakes. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Octopus On The Las Vegas Strip Predicted The Winner Of The World Cup
The Octopus On The Las Vegas Strip Predicted The Winner Of The World Cup. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
TLC by the Numbers
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
How to feel like a kid again in Las Vegas
How to feel like a kid again in Las Vegas
People Lined Up For Over 5 Hours For Build-a-bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion At Galleria Mall
People Lined Up For Over 5 Hours For Build-a-bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion At Galleria Mall. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Pawn Stars' Richard Harrison honored at memorial service
A memorial service was conducted for Richard "Old Man" Harrison at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
5 must-see bands at Warped Tour 2018
Five must-see bands at Warped Tour 2018
This Banana Split In Las Vegas Is Made With Fire And Liquid Nitrogen Right At Your Table.
This Banana Split In Las Vegas Is Made With Fire And Liquid Nitrogen Right At Your Table. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pixar Pier At Disneyland Is Open With New Food And A New Roller Coaster
Pixar Pier At Disneyland Is Open With New Food And A New Roller Coaster (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Here's What It's Like To Ride The New Incredicoaster At Disneyland
Here's What It's Like To Ride The New Incredicoaster At Disneyland (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like