RICHMOND, Va. — The odd tale of a recently imprisoned local businessman and the rock star client he defrauded has weaved its way back to court. Richmonder Getty Andrew Rothenberg, who for more than a decade handled the finances of Dave Matthews Band member Boyd Tinsley, sued the musician last week in Richmond Circuit Court and seeks more than $10 million in damages.
Rothenberg alleged in the March 9 suit that Tinsley caused him to lose out on business with entertainers and professional tennis players such as Andy Roddick. He claimed Tinsley sabotaged his business, in part because Rothenberg knew of sordid aspects of Tinsley’s personal and sexual life that he wanted to keep under wraps.
Rothenberg, who is representing himself and currently under home confinement in Richmond, accused Tinsley on counts of tortious interference with economic expectancy and tortious interference with a contract.
“I want to be financially compensated for the business he cost me,” Rothenberg said in a phone interview last week.
In a swift response the same day the case was filed, Tinsley’s attorneys asked a judge to strike Rothenberg’s allegations and have him file a new complaint containing only relevant claims.
“The present action represents the latest effort in an ongoing course of conduct by Rothenberg to harass, harm, and extort money from Tinsley,” the motion argues. “The complaint contains numerous inflammatory and lurid allegations purportedly relating to Tinsley’s personal life, all of which are extraneous and unrelated to Rothenberg’s purported causes of action.”
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