Guns N' Roses Leaker Gets Visit From FBI
June 27, 2008 at 5:07 AM (PT)
Late last week the hard rock world was shocked when nine songs from the long awaited GUNS N' ROSES album "Chinese Democracy" were leaked onto the internet. Now, the leaker himself got a shock all of his own. KEVIN SKWERL, who allegedly leaked the tracks from the album, got a surprise visit by two FBI officers at his workplace.
"It was kind of an ambush," SKWERL tells ROLLING STONE. "When I came back from lunch they were waiting in the lobby for me. It’s a little creepy they know where I work." .
SKWERL, who worked in distribution at UNIVERSAL MUSIC, said he received the music from "an anonymous online source. I wasn’t sure if they were going to come by with a warrant and trash the place, like in the movies," he said.
The officials requested SKWERL produce the original files, but due to fiery instructions from G N'R singer AXL ROSE's attourneys, he had deleted them. SKWERL had posted the contraband files on his blog, and shortly after, the overwhelming web traffic created once word spread caused his page to crash.