Andrew Rothenberg, the former financial advisor to Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, filed a lawsuit against the musician on 3/9 in Richmond, VA, accusing him of interfering with Rothenberg’s financial management business and damaging his psychological wellbeing. These accusations surfaced after Rothenberg pled guilty to stealing millions from Tinsley and was sentenced for fraud back in 2014. Rothenberg is now accusing Tinsley of preventing him from acquiring new clients, which Rothenberg says caused him financial harm and left him “emotionally and psychologically wrecked.” As you might surmise based on that quote, the language in Rothenberg’s suit borders on dramatic. For example, he alludes to Tinsley’s “dark side,” which the violinist has purportedly “gone to great lengths to hide.” Tinsley’s representatives filed a request for sanctions against Rothenberg and also commented that Rothenberg has threatened to file a suit against their client multiple times:
Each of these threatened complaints has contained baseless and salacious allegations relating to Tinsley’s private life, the publication of which is attended to harm his reputation.
Tinsley also spoke on the matter, asking the court to strike Rothenberg’s claim:
I trusted Andy, he was an important part of my life, and in return he stole from me… Despite that, during the criminal process I asked that he receive mental health care instead of incarceration, which resulted in a significantly reduced sentence. Now, after his jail term, he is desperately lashing out with outrageous and false accusations, a work of pure fiction, in an attempt for more money.
Rothenberg’s suit seeks $10 million in compensation and $350,000 in punitive damages. Read more over at Billboard.
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