Space band leader Didier Marouani, his lawyer detained in Moscow over alleged extortion attempt
French musician and leader of Space music band Didier Marouani along with his lawyer Igor Trunov were detained in Moscow, as reported by Trunov’s lawyer Lyudmila Aivar.
She suggested that the event was plainly an orchestrated act by Russian pop singer Philip Kirkorov’s lawyer.
"Kirkorov could file a complaint", - Lyudmila Aivar told Interfax.
According to Kommersant sources in the police, arrests have not been made yet, examination is underway.
As Lyudmila Aivar said, Russian pop singer Kirkorov promised Didier Marouani to pay a compensation for performing his song. "Trunov and Marouani went to Sberbank on Pokrovka Street to meet Kirkorov to sign an agreement, but there were the police and Kirkorov’s lawyer Dobrovinsky waiting for them", - said Lyudmila Aivar. Dobrovinsky reported on Facebook, that the detention has taken place and it was made "on the fact of extorting € 1 million from Philip Kirkorov."
Recall that Didier Marouani demanded the Russian court to forbid Russian pop singer Philip Kirkorov to perform his song Zhestokaya Lyubov (or Cruel Love). According to him, the song is a remake of the Symphonic Space Dream song. He demanded a compensation of 75.340.000 rubles ($1.15 mln) for copyright infringement and non-pecuniary damage. Later, Igor Trunov said that the parties agreed to settle the case amicably, but the information was denied by Kirkorov's lawyer.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).