Don Henley Wraps Up Testimony in Eagles Lyrics Trial

Don Henley, the leader of the Eagles, concluded his testimony in a trial involving allegedly stolen handwritten lyrics for Eagles songs. Henley battled with opposing lawyers as they questioned him about the contract, the pads containing the lyrics, and other related matters.


What Did Everyone Know About the Contract?

Attorneys for the defendants repeatedly focused on the original 1979 contract between the Eagles and writer Ed Sanders, which outlined the terms for an authorized biography. Henley testified that he believed all the materials supplied to Sanders remained the property of the band and should not have been sold.

Lawyers for the defendants argued that their clients were unaware of the contract when the lyrics appeared on a memorabilia site and were later considered for auction. This forms part of the defendants' case that they were not aware the papers were stolen.

Details About the Sanders' Unpublished Book

During the trial, more details emerged about Sanders' unpublished book, which he was working on while writing about the Eagles. The book apparently contained information about the band's breakup, including disparaging comments from the members. Henley wondered how those comments would age and it's unclear how the final draft of the book concluded.

Additionally, lawyers for the defendants highlighted other instances where Henley took legal action to protect his creations, intellectual property, or likeness.

Infamous Incidents and Moments of Levity

Henley also faced questions about the infamous 1980 incident involving a sex worker at his home, which led to his arrest. He claimed he did not know the woman's age at the time and defended his drug use during the '70s. The trial also had moments of levity, with Henley joking about the Eagles' after-show parties and the number of guitars used in 'Hotel California.'

After completing his testimony, Henley walked past the defendants and gave a disapproving nod.