Skip to comments.Man Implicates Seagal in Probe: FBI Arrests Clinton Private Investigator Pellicano
Posted on 11/22/2002 3:34:52 PM PST by jimbo123
Man Implicates Seagal and Pellicano in Probe
Fri Nov 22, 8:34 AM ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man charged with threatening a reporter who was investigating an alleged Mafia extortion plot against Steven Seagal told an FBI informant the actor was behind the threat, court documents show.
Alexander Proctor allegedly said in secretly recorded conversations that he was hired to carry out the threat by Anthony Pellicano, a private detective to the stars. FBI agents said Proctor told the informant Seagal hired Pellicano to threaten Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch.
"He wanted to make it look like the Italians were putting the hit on her so it wouldn't reflect on Seagal," Proctor, 59, told the informant, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by FBI agents who later searched Pellicano's office.
Pellicano was arrested Thursday in connection with what appeared to be explosive materials found during the search, said FBI spokesman Matt McLaughlin. He was expected to appear before a federal magistrate Friday.
An attorney for Seagal told the Los Angeles Times that his client had no involvement in the threat.
"This uncorroborated allegation by someone arrested is pure fiction and is nothing more than a transparent attempt to divert attention from himself and the real perpetrators," said attorney Martin R. Pollner, who represents Seagal. "This is part of an unrelenting campaign to disparage Mr. Seagal and reads like a bad screenplay."
A federal law enforcement source also told the newspaper that "at this time, other than Proctor's uncorroborated statements, there is no independent evidence that Seagal was involved in the threat made to the reporter."
Prosecutors said Proctor smashed Busch's windshield in June and left a dead fish with a long-stemmed rose in its mouth on the car along with a sign reading "STOP," according to a federal grand jury indictment.
Proctor was charged with interference with commerce by threats of violence, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. He has pleaded innocent.
According to court documents, Proctor told the informant he owed Pellicano about $14,000 and agreed to intimidate Busch for $10,000. Proctor allegedly told the informant he was supposed to "blow up" Busch's car as a warning so she would stop reporting about Seagal. There is no indication in court documents that Proctor ever met with Seagal.
The Los Angeles Times published several stories earlier this summer about the arrest of Seagal's former business partner, Julius Nasso, for his alleged role in a multimillion-dollar extortion scheme against the actor. Federal prosecutors in New York said they had a tape of Nasso and a Gambino crime family member plotting the shakedown.
Last month, Nasso's attorney alleged in a court document that Seagal might have been involved in the threat against Busch and that it could reflect on the actor's credibility as a witness.
Meanwhile, the FBI said its informant in the case was facing criminal charges at the time he agreed to cooperate in the Proctor investigation.
Shouldn't that be "arkansawed"? ;-)
But now I see that Pellicano a member of the Clinton Good Squad has been arrested.
Pellicano has a lot to say if he wanted to talk. He knows this, and his former "clients" know this.
I wonder if he will get a chance to use his "friends" to get out of some difficulty.
Goon Squad is right!
This guy fits the Clinton profile for sleaze and behind-the-scenes hits on selected enemies.
Hillary has his phone number on her Rolodex--or, more likely, memorized.
Here's a little clip that gives a hint at why this sweetheart was hand-picked by Bubba.
Cruise, the 38-year-old Top Gun and Mission: Impossible star, and Kidman have hired the most notorious detectives to dig up any dirt that could sway the [divorce]judges.
It is understood Cruise has told his lawyers to hire ace private eye Anthony Pellicano - nicknamed The Big Sleazy.
He gained fame as a take-no-prisoners dirt-digger for clients such as Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Sylvester Stallone, Priscilla Presley, James Woods and Roseanne Barr.
Pellicano once said of himself: "I always start out being a gentleman. I only use intimidation and fear when I absolutely have to."
The private eye assisted Mark Fuhrman, one of the police in the OJ Simpson murder case, to fight charges of racism.
In 1992, Pellicano bragged to GQ magazine that he had once beaten somebody with a baseball bat on behalf of a client.
When President Bill Clinton was being probed over his Whitewater dealings, his lawyers hired Pellicano to dig up dirt on Clinton's opponents.
he's still a bum. he left ditched his wife and kid in Japan after he met a new woman in the states. This after he had left his family in japan for a year or so.
Also, it's hard to remember a time when NewsMax was actually a vital source of alternative news. After the Clintons' power waned, it became a parody of itself.
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