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Keyword: pellicano

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  • Chris Rock Turned to Pellicano in '99 Suit

    04/25/2006 12:06:05 PM PDT · by libstripper · 9 replies · 839+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 25, 2006 | Greg Krikorian, Chuck Philips and Robert Welkos
    Private investigator Anthony Pellicano allegedly searched confidential criminal databases for incriminating information on a Hungarian model after she asserted a paternity claim against comedian Chris Rock, court records and interviews show. The disclosure adds the biggest celebrity name thus far to the list of people whom Pellicano purportedly sought to help by intimidating courtroom foes. The model, Monika Zsibrita, 33, was named in a February indictment as one of numerous victims of Pellicano's alleged wiretapping and racketeering conspiracy on behalf of A-list Hollywood attorneys and other prominent clients.
  • Billionaire Linked to Columnist Reports Being Shaken Down by a Hollywood Detective

    04/20/2006 6:15:36 AM PDT · by libstripper · 6 replies · 585+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 20, 2006 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER and ALLISON HOPE WEINER
    LOS ANGELES, April 19 — When the supermarket billionaire Ronald W. Burkle accused a New York Post gossip columnist of demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars for protection from nasty items in Page Six, it was not the first time that he had told authorities he was the victim of a shakedown. In 2002, Mr. Burkle has told federal investigators, the Hollywood private detective Anthony Pellicano demanded that Mr. Burkle pay him $100,000 to $250,000 in exchange for Mr. Pellicano's agreeing not to investigate him. Mr. Pellicano told him he had been hired by Michael S. Ovitz, the former talent...
  • The Pellicano Files ( Clinton's private eye )

    04/19/2006 9:57:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 2,025+ views
    The Guardian ^ | April 19, 2006 | Dan Glaister
    Pellicano did work directly with one president: during Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign Pellicano was hired, reportedly by Hillary Clinton, to discredit Gennifer Flowers, the woman who alleged that she had maintained a 12-year affair with the candidate. Six years later, with Clinton into his second term, the White House, according to the New York Post, hired Pellicano, considered a respected forensic audio specialist, to look into Monica Lewinsky's background. Another report places Pellicano, who was hired by OJ Simpson before the murder of Nicole Simpson, outside her house on the night that she was killed... Anthony Pellicano has worked...
  • Director Pleads Guilty in Wiretap Case

    04/18/2006 5:05:47 AM PDT · by libstripper · 1 replies · 241+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2006 | LINDA DEUTSCH
    A somber "Die Hard" director John McTiernan stood before a federal judge and said he made "knowingly false" statements to an FBI agent about Anthony Pellicano, the celebrity private eye he admitted hiring to wiretap a business associate. McTiernan, who pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced July 31. He is the highest-profile figure yet to be named in the investigation of Pellicano, who is accused of bugging phones and bribing police to get information on celebrities and others. Pellicano has pleaded not guilty.
  • F.B.I. Files Link Big Film Names to a Detective (More on the saga of Hillary's Pelican)

    04/14/2006 5:37:47 AM PDT · by libstripper · 1 replies · 402+ views
    The New YorkTimes ^ | April 14, 2006 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER and ALLISON HOPE WEINER
    LOS ANGELES, April 13 — The chairman of Paramount Pictures and a onetime Hollywood superagent had far more direct dealings than they have acknowledged publicly with the celebrity detective at the center of a rapidly expanding wiretapping scandal, according to government evidence. Skip to next paragraph Multimedia Graphic: Connected Brad Grey, Paramount's chairman, told the F.B.I. that he spoke with Anthony Pellicano about two lawsuits in which Mr. Pellicano, a private detective, was working on Mr. Grey's behalf, and that he learned information about his legal opponents directly from Mr. Pellicano. A former employee of Mr. Pellicano, who was charged...
  • NYT's New Pellicano Blockbuster Exposes Brad Gray and Mike Ovitz

    04/13/2006 9:06:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 531+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | 4/13/6 | Nikki Finke
    In a blockbuster story for tomorrow's edition, The New York Times reports "government evidence" that Brad Grey and Mike Ovitz "had far more direct dealings than they have publicly acknowledged" with Pellicano. The story drags the current chairman of Paramount Pictures (Grey) and the ex-Most Powerful Man in Hollywood (Ovitz) further into the Pellicano case with way more detail about what both men have reportedly told the FBI. The paper reports that Grey changed his account of events from one July 2003 interview with the FBI to another January 2004 FBI interview. It says Ovitz admitted to the FBI "he asked Pellicano for embarrassing...
  • 'Die Hard' Director Charged In Pellicano Case (Hillary's Pellicano)

    04/03/2006 5:13:44 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies · 511+ views
    CBS 2 ^ | 4/3/06 | CBS 2
    CBS) LOS ANGELES Movie director John McTiernan Monday became the 14th person charged in the case involving Hollywood sleuth-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano. McTiernan, who has directed such films as "Die Hard", "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "The Hunt for Red October," is charged in a criminal information with one count of lying to FBI investigators when he denied knowing about Pellicano's alleged wiretapping. Prosecutors allege McTiernan hired Pellicano to wiretap producer Charles Roven. A federal criminal information is different from an indictment in that it is filed by prosecutors, and not a grand jury. It is frequently filed when the defendant...
  • Pellicano Wiretap Witness Admits Scheme (HILLARY'S pi)

    03/18/2006 1:01:09 PM PST · by radar101 · 6 replies · 772+ views
    L A TIMES ^ | March 19, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Andrew Blankstein,
    A Valencia businessman admitted Friday to conspiring with Anthony Pellicano to illegally dig up information about a teenager who had accused him of sexual assault, becoming the latest witness cooperating in the federal probe of the indicted private eye. "I hired Mr. Pellicano because he told me he could listen in" to the young woman's phone calls, a shaken George Kalta, 37, told U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, as he entered his guilty plea. "That was the only reason I hired Mr. Pellicano." The plea makes Kalta the fourth person to acknowledge that they hired — or helped —...
  • Wiretap defendant implicates Hollywood sleuth

    03/17/2006 10:15:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 474+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 17, 2006 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California man on Friday admitted paying ex-private eye Anthony Pellicano to intercept phone calls, becoming the first defendant to say in open court he hired Pellicano to engage in wiretapping. George Kalta, one of 13 people charged so far in the federal wiretap case surrounding Pellicano that has become a major scandal in Tinseltown, implicated the Hollywood sleuth before a federal judge as he pleaded guilty to conspiracy. The 37-year-old owner of a wholesale lighting business was accused in a U.S. District Court indictment of paying Pellicano $25,000 in 2001 to eavesdrop on a woman...
  • What's Missing in the Media's Pellicano File

    03/16/2006 5:48:25 PM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies · 640+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | March 16, 2006 | Thomas Lipscomb
    Everyone's favorite Hollywood bad guy/private eye, Anthony Pellicano, is back in the news this week, making for the usual colorful coverage. But why has the mainstream media continued to ignore the alleged links between the P.I. and Sen. Hillary Clinton? By Thomas Lipscomb (March 15, 2006) -- The New York Times began the week with a delicious glimpse of Hollywood Babylon, “A Studio Boss and a Private Eye Star in a Bitter Hollywood Tale” by David M. Halbfinger and Allison Hope Weiner. This is yet another tale of everyone’s’ favorite rogue real-life Hollywood P.I., Anthony Pellicano. He was private eye...
  • (Nicole) KIDMAN QUIZZED IN P.I. CASE (Hillary's Pellicano)

    03/16/2006 3:09:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies · 934+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/16/06 | Richard Johnson/Page Six
    NICOLE Kidman has been questioned by the FBI in the mushrooming investigation of private eye Anthony Pellicano's illegal wiretapping, sources say, because the feds found a recording of her talking to Tom Cruise in computers they seized from Pellicano's office in 2002. The recording was evidently made in 2001 after Kidman and Cruise announced they were getting a divorce. Cruise was represented by top L.A. matrimonial lawyer Dennis Wasser, who is known to have used Pellicano on other cases. Kidman, who was repped by New York lawyer Bill Beslow, hired private eye Richie Di Sabatino. Di Sabatino was surprised to...
  • A Studio Boss and a Private Eye Star in a Bitter Hollywood Tale

    03/13/2006 5:15:23 AM PST · by libstripper · 1 replies · 533+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 13, 20006 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER and ALLISON HOPE WEINER
    TEMECULA, Calif., March 12 — The phone rang in Linda Doucett's desert ranch house here in the late spring of 1998. It was her ex-fiancé, the comedian Garry Shandling, calling. Again. Skip to next paragraph Jamie Rector for The New York Times Anthony Pellicano, a Hollywood investigator now under indictment. Forum: Movies Sandy Huffaker for The New York Times Linda Doucett at her home in Temecula, Calif. Mr. Shandling had called several times that year to talk about his lawsuit accusing Brad Grey, his longtime manager and friend, of enriching himself at his expense. Now he was asking Ms. Doucett...
  • CRUISE BLUES (FBI to grill Tom Cruise in Pellicano case)

    03/02/2006 8:43:28 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies · 738+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/2/2006 | DAVID K. LI
    LOS ANGELES — The FBI wants to grill Tom Cruise and his hot-shot divorce lawyer as part of its ever-widening probe against disgraced Hollywood gumshoe Anthony Pellicano, sources said yesterday. Cruise might be linked to Pellicano through powerful L.A. entertainment lawyer Terry Christensen, a partner in the Century City firm Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro.
  • Prosecutors: Another indictment coming in Hollywood wiretaps case [Hillary's Pellicano]

    03/01/2006 4:12:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 440+ views
    AP ^ | 3/1/6 | GREG RISLING
    LOS ANGELES - At least one more indictment will be filed in a Hollywood wiretapping scandal, but a prosecutor wouldn't say Wednesday if it will name more defendants or only add allegations in the case. During a hearing in U.S. District Court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Saunders said he expected the new indictment to be returned before April 18, the tentative trial date for private investigator Anthony Pellicano and seven other defendants. A total of 13 people have been charged in the case. Three have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges, including wire fraud and perjury. Saunders declined to...
  • Top Divorce Lawyer's Ties to Pellicano Are Probed (Hillary's Pellicano)

    03/01/2006 7:25:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies · 318+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/1/2006 | Henry Weinstein and Greg Krikorian
    Divorce lawyer Dennis Wasser, who has represented some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg, has been notified by federal authorities that he is a "person of interest" in their ongoing probe of indicted private investigator Anthony Pellicano, Wasser's attorneys said Tuesday.
  • Anthony Pellicano and His Tangled Web

    02/27/2006 5:20:06 AM PST · by libstripper · 11 replies · 508+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb 26, 2006 | Rachel Abramowitz And Robert Welkos
    Anthony Pellicano cut a figure straight out of "L.A. Confidential." Intimidation for hire — the tough-talking gumshoe with the Louisville Slugger always at the ready. Over the course of his 20-some years in Los Angeles, he also managed to insinuate himself into the New Hollywood — a place where ambition, rivalry and hardball tactics are as much an art form as a blood sport. The outlines of Pellicano's long shadow are now emerging in an unfolding federal investigation in which the private detective and 12 others have been indicted on various charges of wiretapping, bribery and witness tampering. The private...
  • Celebrity Lawyer in Talks About Wiretapping Evidence (Tom Cruise implicated in Pellicano probe?)

    02/25/2006 9:10:38 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies · 635+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/25/06 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER and ALLISON HOPE WEINER
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 — Bert Fields, the Hollywood superlawyer, who frequently employed the disgraced private eye Anthony Pellicano, and his law firm are in talks with prosecutors to try to avoid charges in the wiretapping investigation that has already led to the indictment of at least 13 people, lawyers briefed on the case said. Prosecutors are presenting Mr. Fields and his firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman Machtinger & Kinsella, with what they say is evidence against them, and giving them an opportunity to respond, the lawyers said. Both sides have agreed to suspend the normal statutory limitations that could...
  • Pellicano Wiretap Indictment

    02/21/2006 6:24:00 AM PST · by libstripper · 6 replies · 561+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Feb. 3, 2006 | The Smoking Gun
    An illegal wiretapping and information gathering network run by disgraced Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano allegedly recorded Sylvester Stallone's telephone calls and accessed confidential law enforcement records pertaining to other entertainment industry figures, including actors Garry Shandling, Kevin Nealon, and Keith Carradine, journalists Anita Busch and Bernard Weinraub, and powerful agents Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane. Pellicano and six associates were named in a 110-count federal racketeering indictment unsealed today in Los Angeles. A copy of the 60-page indictment can be found below.
  • Another Case Is Linked to Pellicano (Hillary's PI wiretapped assault victim)

    02/20/2006 10:02:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies · 926+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/18/06 | Greg Krikorian and Andrew Blankstein
    A Valencia businessman accused of paying Anthony Pellicano to wiretap a teenager who had accused him of sexual assault emerged Friday as the 13th person charged in the ongoing federal investigation of the indicted private eye. Federal court documents allege that George Kalta paid $75,000 in three installments between Oct. 17, 2001, and April 18, 2002, with the hope that the illegal tape recordings would help his case. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged Kalta in early 2002 with sexual battery by restraint and false imprisonment. County prosecutors said Kalta's victim was an 18-year-old woman who first encountered...
  • Lawyer Indicted in PI Inquiry (Kerkorian Atty, Terry Christensen, indicted in Pellicano case)

    02/16/2006 6:01:44 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 8 replies · 351+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 16, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein and Greg Krikorian
    Reaching for the first time into the upper ranks of Hollywood's legal establishment, the federal grand jury investigating private eye Anthony Pellicano indicted prominent Los Angeles entertainment attorney Terry N. Christensen on Wednesday for allegedly having the ex-wife of billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian wiretapped. Christensen paid Pellicano $100,000 to listen in on Lisa Bonder Kerkorian's phone calls to her attorneys and to share the information with Christensen, Kerkorian's longtime lawyer and business partner, to give him a tactical edge in a bitter child support case in 2002, the grand jury alleged. (snip) Christensen, best known as lawyer for Kerkorian, one...