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Keyword: pellicano

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  • Former Hollywood private eye ordered to trial (Clinton Goon Caused Reporter To Fear For Life)

    08/05/2009 1:12:58 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 2 replies · 443+ views
    Google news ^ | 8-06-09 | Staff
    SNIP: Prosecutors allege Pellicano hired Alexander Proctor between April and June 2002 to intimidate then-Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch "to cause her to fear for her life." The criminal complaint alleges Proctor went to Busch's Los Angeles County home and placed a dead fish with a rose in its mouth on the windshield of her car.
  • Anthony Pellicano Pleads Not Guilty to Threatening Reporter

    06/18/2009 1:39:43 AM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 7 replies · 436+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/18/2009 | http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-pellicano18-2009jun18,0,497881.story
    The Hollywood private eye, who is serving a 15-year sentence for wiretapping and racketeering, and an accomplice allegedly left a dead fish and a rose on an ex-L.A. Times reporter's broken windshield.
  • Director indicted in Hollywood wiretaps case (John McTiernan, directed "Die Hard" and "Predator")

    04/17/2009 6:22:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 485+ views
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 4/17/09 | AP
    Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- A federal grand jury on Friday indicted a Hollywood director who had pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents investigating private eye Anthony Pellicano and later withdrew his plea. John McTiernan, who directed "Die Hard" and "Predator," was indicted on two counts of making false statements to the FBI about Pellicano and one count of perjury for allegedly lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw his guilty plea. His attorney, S. Todd Neal, said the indictment is "really nothing new" and promised to rigorously defend his client.
  • Pellicano: No apologies to those he spied on (says he got careless, targets lied under oath)

    12/16/2008 1:19:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 531+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/08 | AP
    LOS ANGELES – Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano says he won't apologize to the people he spied on but does take responsibility for the tactics that brought him a 15-year prison sentence.
  • Judge sentences Hollywood private eye to 15 years (Pellicano)

    12/15/2008 8:55:24 PM PST · by InMemoriam · 5 replies · 520+ views
    AP ^ | 12/15/08 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for running a wiretapping scheme that spied on the rich and famous. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer also ordered the 64-year-old Pellicano and two other defendants to forfeit a total of $2 million. Pellicano showed no emotion when the sentence was read. "I have taken full and complete responsibility for all my actions," he said. Fischer said Pellicano engaged in "reprehensible behavior" while digging up dirt for his well-heeled clients to use in legal and other disputes. "He did this eagerly, sometimes maliciously...
  • Pellicano, Lawyer Convicted of Conspiracy

    08/29/2008 5:22:57 PM PDT · by John W · 12 replies · 344+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 29, 2008 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES - Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and his entertainment lawyer co-defendant were convicted Friday of charges linked to the wiretapping of billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian’s former wife in a child support battle. Pellicano and attorney Terry Christensen were each convicted of conspiracy to commit wiretapping. Pellicano was also convicted of wiretapping and Christensen was convicted of aiding and abetting a wiretap. “We are disappointed, think the jury is wrong, and we will be appealing,” said Patricia Glaser, Christensen’s attorney and law partner.
  • Bill And Hillary Harrased Gennifer Flowers And Lewinsky Using Sleazy Investigator Pellicano

    05/16/2008 8:32:53 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 3 replies · 577+ views
    NewsMax Hollywood Reporter ^ | 05/21/2008 | JoeClarke.Net
    Anthony Pellicano found guiltyConvicted of racketeering, conspiracyBy Leslie SimmonsMay 15, 2008, Hollywood ReporterAnthony Pellicano, the former celebrity private eye who set up shop on the Sunset Strip and boasted clients who were some of Hollywood's rich and powerful, was found guilty Thursday of racketeering, wiretapping and running a criminal enterprise. [Below Reprinted From Newsmax - 2003]From the NewsMax.com StaffWednesday, Nov.12, 2003 10:58 a.m. ESTPellicano Tapes Could Spell Trouble for Bill and Hillary Hollywood is buzzing over "investigator to the stars" private eye Anthony Pellicano, who copped a plea earlier this year after the FBI caught him with a drawer full...
  • LA jury convicts Hollywood private eye in racketeering case (Anthony Pellicano)

    05/15/2008 1:07:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 304+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/08 | Greg Risling - ap
    LOS ANGELES - A Hollywood private investigator was convicted Thursday on charges that he schemed to dig up dirt for his well-heeled clients to use in lawsuits, divorces and contract disputes against the rich and famous. Anthony Pellicano, 64, was accused of wiretapping stars such as Sylvester Stallone, and running the names of others, such as Gary Shandling and Kevin Nealon, through law enforcement databases to help clients in legal and other disputes. Pellicano was convicted of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy counts. Verdicts on dozens of other counts were still being announced in court. The indictment charging Pellicano and his...
  • (Clinton Thug) Pellicano found guilty of racketeering and conspiracy

    05/15/2008 1:05:41 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 34 replies · 324+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 15, 2008 | Times Staff Writer
    A federal jury has found Los Angeles private detective Anthony Pellicano guilty of racketeering and conspiracy. The verdict, which could mean a penalty of eight to 10 years in federal prison, effectively brings to a close the career of the most infamous private eye in Los Angeles -- a man who insinuated himself into the loftiest legal and entertainment circles in town and even consulted on law enforcement cases, until he became the subject of one. Pellicano sat grinning and looking around room before the verdicts were read. But when he realized the jury had found him guilty, he crossed...
  • Private eye pulls his punches in Hollywood wiretapping trial

    04/28/2008 2:21:11 PM PDT · by libstripper · 5 replies · 98+ views
    SF Gate.com ^ | April 289, 2008 | GREG RISLING
    Anthony Pellicano handled some sticky situations during his days as a private investigator for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He helped Michael Jackson fend off child molestation allegations and found the remains of Elizabeth Taylor's third husband after they were stolen from a cemetery. One of his toughest challenges, however, has been acting as his own lawyer in his federal wiretapping trial that could go the jury in the next few days. Though he built his reputation as a tough-talking, bare-knuckled gumshoe, Pellicano mostly left his aggressive demeanor outside the courtroom and chose to preserve his loyalty to...
  • Judge Drops 28 Charges in Hollywood Wiretap Case (Pellicano)

    04/10/2008 5:05:26 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies · 228+ views
    Yahoooooo! ^ | April 10, 2008 | Dan Witcomb
    A judge on Thursday dropped nearly half the charges against "private eye to the stars" Anthony Pellicano and a co-defendant at the request of prosecutors, who were preparing to rest their case in the wiretapping and bribery trial. The 28 counts against Pellicano and ex-Los Angeles police sergeant Mark Arneson were dismissed by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer after federal prosecutors said that witnesses required to prove them could not be brought to court. Both men still face 35 counts in the case, which centers on accusations that Pellicano wiretapped telephones and bribed police and telephone company officials to run...
  • 28 charges dropped in wiretap case (Prosecution request, Pellicano still faces 35 charges)

    04/10/2008 10:46:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 56+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | Greg Risling - ap
    LOS ANGELES - A federal judge granted a prosecution request Thursday to dismiss 28 charges against private investigator Anthony Pellicano and a co-defendant. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Saunders said the government made the request because some of the alleged victims weren't available to testify and other counts were redundant. More than 35 charges remain against Pellicano and former Los Angeles police Sgt. Mark Arneson. The dropped counts mostly involved wire fraud that authorities had alleged involved Arneson searching law enforcement databases for Pellicano. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer came as prosecutors prepared to end their portion of...
  • Pellicano Trial Turns To Long Beach Murder Case (Clinton P.I. Gets Murder To Be Ruled Accident)

    04/02/2008 9:51:48 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 4 replies · 203+ views
    Press Telegram ^ | 4-2-08 | wire
    Note to mods-This is not about the murder offer by Pellicano in previous threads-this is about his work in getting a murder ruled an accident. A former Los Angeles Police officer who once worked for Anthony Pellicano is scheduled to testify today about the ex-private investigator's work in the acquittal of a man accused of murdering a woman in Long Beach. Ward is expected to testify that she saw the unauthorized background checks that then-LAPD Sgt. Mark Arneson ran in August 2001 on Sandra Rodriguez, who plunged to her death from a Long Beach Hyatt balcony following a night of...
  • HOLLYWOOD HIT MAN

    04/02/2008 4:23:04 AM PDT · by 9YearLurker · 6 replies · 204+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 2, 2008 | David Finnegan and David K Li
    A filthy-rich Wall Street hedge-fund manager told jurors yesterday that Anthony Pellicano offered himself up as a Hollywood hit man who could violently settle a million-dollar dispute. Art-loving moneyman Adam Sender, 39, said he hired Pellicano in 2001 to snoop on Aaron Russo, best known for making the 1983 comedy classic "Trading Places." Sender claimed he gave Russo $1.1 million for a start-up production company that never materialized. Sender was so angry with Russo, he called Pellicano, who suggested rubbing him out
  • LA trial witness says private eye Pellicano suggested murder

    04/01/2008 8:05:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 283+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/1/08 | Greg Risling - ap
    A hedge fund manager testified Tuesday that indicted private eye Anthony Pellicano suggested that a film producer and one-time Nevada gubernatorial candidate could be murdered over an investment dispute. Adam Sender told jurors the idea came while he and Pellicano met and talked about Sender's lawsuit against Aaron Russo. Sender said he was told by Pellicano, "If I wanted to I could authorize him to have (Russo) murdered on the way back from Las Vegas, have someone follow him back, drive him off the road and bury his body somewhere in the desert." Sender said he did not approve of...
  • Witnesses say Pellicano threatened them (Hillary's Hitman Pelican Needs a Pardon)

    03/20/2008 2:51:25 PM PDT · by red flanker · 7 replies · 915+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | Greg Krikorian
    Two women who were alleged targets of the private eye's investigations say they received calls warning them to remain silent. In another day of dramatic courtroom confrontations, an actress told a federal jury Wednesday that she received a terrifying telephone call threatening her son shortly after she spoke with the FBI about its wiretapping investigation of private eye Anthony Pellicano. Testifying as a government witness, Linda Doucett said an anonymous male caller in November 2003 warned her to remain silent after she had been interviewed by authorities about their probe of Pellicano for alleged wiretapping and other crimes on behalf...
  • Pellicano's Hollywood criminal enterprises

    03/07/2008 7:13:14 AM PST · by libstripper · 10 replies · 90+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | March 7, 2008 | Catherine Elsworth
    Anthony Pellicano, the so-called private eye to the stars, masterminded a "thriving criminal enterprise" that used illegal wiretapping and bribery to squash the legal problems of Hollywood's rich and famous, a prosecutor told a Los Angeles court yesterday. A jury in the long-awaited trial, expected to feature numerous celebrity witnesses, heard how greed and ambition allegedly drove Pellicano to create an elaborate infrastructure for digging up dirt on the ex-wives, lovers, business partners and rivals of his wealthy clients.
  • Tom Cruise's Lawyers Among 244 Names on Pellicano List (CLINTON THUG GOING ON TRIAL)

    02/20/2008 5:45:07 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 11 replies · 332+ views
    FOX News ^ | February 19, 2008 | Roger Friedman
    Prosecutor Daniel Saunders has issued his list of potential government witnesses in the Anthony Pellicano case, and we’ve got it exclusively. The government may not call them all, but there are 244 names on the witness list for the trial set to begin Feb. 27, in which Hollywood private eye Pellicano faces federal charges of racketeering and illegally wiretapping celebrities. The list — which was obtained by this column on Monday — includes a lot of stars, studio execs and other Hollywood players whose names are familiar either because they’re famous or infamous. You decide. What’s clear is that the...
  • CA: LA judge won't dismiss evidence in Pellicano bugging case

    12/22/2007 8:41:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 87+ views
    LOS ANGELES A federal judge refused to suppress evidence in a government case that accused Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano of illegally wiretapping stars. U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer issued six separate rulings on Friday that went against Pellicano and five co-defendants. The motions sought to suppress evidence the defense argued was mishandled or obtained through government misconduct. That included recordings of Pellicano's telephone conversations that were seized in a search of his Sunset Strip offices four years ago. One of the motions sought to have the entire criminal indictment dismissed. "We are extremely pleased with the court's ruling,"...
  • `Die Hard' director sentenced to prison (4 mos., charged w/lying to FBI about knowing Pellicano)

    09/24/2007 1:28:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 110+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/24/07 | Raquel Maria Dillon - ap
    LOS ANGELES - A federal judge sentenced Hollywood director John McTiernan to four months in prison Monday after refusing to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea to charges of lying to the FBI about his association with disgraced private eye Anthony Pellicano. Judge Dale S. Fischer gave the director of such films as "Die Hard" and "The Thomas Crown Affair" until Jan. 15 to turn himself in to authorities. McTiernan's attorney said he would appeal. McTiernan was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. When he entered his plea last year, McTiernan said he lied when he told an...
  • (his ex-wife) Pellicano Marries in Prison (plus see the YouTube exposing Hillary and Pellicano)

    07/08/2007 9:30:54 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 11 replies · 680+ views
    fox news ^ | March 2007 | Fox
    HILLARY AND PELLICANO SING-ALONG If you have time, please leave a comment and a rating. Please send it to everyone you know. It was recently revealed that Hillary listened to illegally obtained cellphone conversations. This relationship to Pellicano must be exposed. The MSM refuses to use her name in any of the Pellicano stories. Do you want to help do something about that? Thanks for the help. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (scroll down on FOX site for the story) Pellicano Marries in Prison Jailed private eye Anthony Pellicano remarried his ex-wife on Friday in Los Angeles. - she's the source of numerous...
  • Hollywood wiretapping trial postponed until February (Anthony Pellicano and five co-defendants)

    05/21/2007 5:30:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 412+ views
    A federal wiretapping trial involving private investigator Anthony Pellicano and five co-defendants was postponed to Feb. 27. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer on Monday granted a defense motion seeking a delay. One of the defendants, Kevin Kachikian, hired a new attorney and asked for additional time to have the lawyer review the case. Trial was slated to begin in August. Prosecutors opposed the motion, arguing defense attorneys have had enough time to prepare for trial. "While this case is complex, it is not so complex as to require the delay that defendants now seek of a full two years between...
  • In Court Files, Hollywood’s Mr. Fix-It at Work

    05/21/2007 5:21:29 AM PDT · by libstripper · 5 replies · 847+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 21, 2007 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER and ALLISON HOPE WEINER
    LOS ANGELES, May 20 — Just hours after a raft of articles suggesting the impending collapse of his business hit the papers on April 11, 2002, Michael S. Ovitz did what Hollywood moguls had done for a generation: He called Anthony Pellicano. “I need to see you,” Mr. Ovitz said, asking for a private meeting at an out-of-the-way spot. “This is the single most complex situation imaginable.” They all went to Mr. Pellicano when their situations seemed too complex, or the stakes too high, to leave anything to chance: executives and actors, studio bosses and their jilted spouses, the hottest...
  • Judge: Civil wiretapping cases delayed until criminal trial ends { Hillary's Pellicano }

    04/02/2007 2:53:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 481+ views
    LOS ANGELES - Civil trials stemming from a Hollywood wiretapping scandal will have to wait until private investigator Anthony Pellicano and five others are tried in a federal criminal case, a judge ruled Monday. Attempting to move the civil cases forward while the criminal trial is pending would be a "judicial nightmare," Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman said. He said several issues, including interviews of potential witnesses, could complicate the legal process."There is no question in my mind at this juncture, a stay is needed," said Lichtman, who ordered attorneys to return to court Oct. 22.More than a dozen lawsuits...
  • Jailed P.I. Pellicano weds ex-wife

    03/23/2007 10:24:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 597+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/23/07 | Linda Deutsch - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Anthony Pellicano, the jailed private eye under federal indictment in a Hollywood wiretaps case, married his former wife in a courtroom ceremony Friday. While the couple sealed their union with a passionate kiss, prosecutors may suspect a less romantic reason for the wedding — to keep Kat Pellicano from testifying in the case. "What a birthday present," said Pellicano, who turned 63 a day earlier, and was wearing shackles for the brief ceremony. He pointed to them and joked to his family, "New jewelry." Kat Pellicano, 50, wore a formfitting white sleeveless dress and brought a cream-colored...
  • CA: Businessman sentenced to 4 1/2 years in two cases(linked to Anthony Pellicano)

    03/05/2007 5:36:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 1,009+ views
    A businessman was sentenced Monday to 4 1/2 years in federal prison for a pair of schemes, including one that authorities said involved wiretapping by Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano. Daniel Nicherie, 46, pleaded guilty in December to one count of aiding and abetting, admitting in federal court that he authorized Pellicano to intercept phone conversations pertaining to a business dispute. Prosecutors said Nicherie paid Pellicano $160,000 and listened to the intercepted conversations at the detective's office. Nicherie also pleaded guilty to wire fraud, pension fraud and money laundering charges in a separate case in which he was accused of...
  • CA: New indictment released in Hollywood wiretapping scandal (Anthony Pellicano)

    02/14/2007 7:15:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 502+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/14/07 | Greg Risling - ap
    A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a revised indictment in a Hollywood wiretapping scandal that chronicles further conversations between private investigator Anthony Pellicano and an attorney representing billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. The new indictment comes more than a year after initial charges were filed in the case and six months before trial is expected to begin. Prosecutors promised another indictment was forthcoming but no new defendants and charges were included in the latest version. It does include detailed discussions between Pellicano, 62, and Terry Christensen, an attorney who represented Kirkorian in a child-support battle with his ex-wife. Prosecutors accused Christensen...
  • CA: Dead executive's estate sues Hollywood private eye over wiretaps (Herbalife/Anthony Pellicano)

    02/03/2007 8:54:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 405+ views
    Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano, who is awaiting a federal trial on wiretapping and racketeering charges, has been sued by executors for the estate of the late Herbalife International founder Mark Hughes. The federal lawsuit claims that Pellicano wiretapped the executive on behalf of his former wife, Suzan Hughes, while the couple was going through a divorce. The complaint alleges that Suzan Hughes used information from Pellicano's alleged wiretaps to negotiate a "highly advantageous" divorce settlement in march 1998. Hughes, who built Herbalife into a billion-dollar nutritional supplement business, died in 2000 from a drug and alcohol overdose. Besides...
  • Calif. Private Eye to Act As Own Lawyer (Anthony Pellicano)

    01/05/2007 6:50:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 512+ views
    AP on Yahoo Asia ^ | 1/5/07 | AP
    Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano can trade his trench coat for legal briefs after a federal judge granted him permission Friday to act as his own lawyer in his wiretapping and racketeering trial. Pellicano must "follow all the same rules as lawyers," U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer said. "And I will not help you. You will not receive special treatment from me at all." No reason was given in court to explain why Pellicano wanted to dismiss his current attorney, Steven Gruel. Pellicano, 62, has maintained he is broke, but Gruel said he offered to work on the case for...
  • CA: Businessman pleads guilty in Hollywood wiretaps case (linked to Pellicano wiretapping case)

    12/12/2006 8:37:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 509+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 12/12/06 | Daisy Nguyen - ap
    A businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to aiding and abetting charges linked to the wiretapping case against one-time private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano. Daniel Nicherie, 46, was the seventh defendant to plead guilty in connection with sweeping allegations of a conspiracy involving wiretapping and digging up dirt on people, including celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone. Nicherie admitted in federal court that he authorized Pellicano to intercept the telephone conversations of a man he was in a business dispute with. Prosecutors alleged that Nicherie listened to the intercepted conversations and translated those talks at Pellicano's office. Under a deal with...
  • AP Interview: Private eye says he rejected plea deals { Hillary's Pellicano }

    10/25/2006 2:08:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 697+ views
    AP ^ | 10/25/6 | GREG RISLING
    Los Angeles -- Imprisoned private investigator Anthony Pellicano said Wednesday he rejected numerous attempts by federal prosecutors to negotiate a plea bargain in his Hollywood wiretap case because he didn't want to break the trust of celebrities, lawyers and other former clients. "At least 10 times in this case I've been offered a plea bargain. It's not going to happen," Pellicano told The Associated Press in a phone interview from federal prison. Pellicano said he intended to remain silent, even though Hollywood is infested with "great white sharks" who don't play by the rules and constantly lie to get what...
  • The Pellicano Effect

    10/03/2006 3:10:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 240+ views
    California Lawyer Magazine ^ | October 2006 | By Martin Lasden
    When the country's most famous private investigator was charged with illegal wiretapping in February, it gave the Hollywood elite, whom he served, quite a scare. Will the fear have a lasting effect?
  • Jury Rejects Case Linked to Wiretaps {Hillary's Pellicano still on the hook]

    09/25/2006 8:39:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 302+ views
    AP ^ | 9/25/06
    Los Angeles (AP) -- A former phone company employee was acquitted Monday on four perjury charges related to the wiretapping case against Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano, and the jury deadlocked on the fifth count. Joann Wiggan, 52, was one of three SBC employees who were alleged to have supplied a former co-worker with information from confidential databases. She was accused of lying to a grand jury about her activities. Wiggan's attorney, David Reed, described his client as a "soccer mom who's never been in trouble." He said the verdict "is akin to David beating Goliath." Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel...
  • Attorney sued for allegedly hiring private investigator to wiretap [ Hillary's Pellicano ]

    08/09/2006 9:10:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 434+ views
    AP ^ | 8/9/6
    Los Angeles -- A lawyer indicted in a federal wiretapping case was sued Wednesday by an attorney who represented billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's former wife during a child custody battle four years ago. Stephen Kolodny filed the lawsuit in Superior Court against Terry Christensen, a partner at Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro. The suit accuses Christensen and the law firm of invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Kolodny is seeking general, special and punitive damages. Messages left for Christensen and Kolodny's attorney were not immediately returned Wednesday. Christensen is awaiting trial with six other...
  • L.A. Jail Bars N.Y. Times Reporter Who Was Let In to Speak With Pellicano

    07/06/2006 7:44:09 AM PDT · by oxcart · 33 replies · 1,534+ views
    LATimes ^ | 07/06/2006 | By Chuck Philips
    The Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles has barred a New York Times reporter from the facility for allegedly misrepresenting herself in an effort to interview Anthony Pellicano, the celebrity detective at the center of a Hollywood wiretapping scandal. Allison Hope Weiner, who has written about the Pellicano case, got into the jail last month after presenting a State Bar of California card and asking to speak with the investigator. Weiner, who earned a degree 20 years ago from the USC law school, is registered with the California bar but has never done legal work for Pellicano or the New...
  • Lawsuit: 'Die Hard' director used private eye to wiretap ex-wife [Hillary's Pellicano]

    07/03/2006 5:25:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 1,011+ views
    AP ^ | 7/3/6
    Los Angeles -- A lawsuit filed Monday claims "Die Hard" director John McTiernan hired a celebrity private eye to illegally wiretap his ex-wife. Donna Dubrow's invasion-of-privacy suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and seeks unspecified damages for what it calls a "reprehensible scheme." The suit says McTiernan and his wife separated in the summer of 1997. During "extremely contentious" divorce proceedings, McTiernan hired Anthony Pellicano for more than $100,000 to wiretap Dubrow and record her telephone conversations so he could obtain a "tactical advantage in his dispute," the lawsuit states. McTiernan's attorney, John Carlton, declined comment, saying...
  • Pellicano Case Moves Beyond Hollywood (client bought notorious Serrano crucifix immersed in urine)

    06/26/2006 11:30:30 PM PDT · by Liz · 14 replies · 744+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | June 26, 2006 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER and ALLISON HOPE WEINER
    Until now the Pellicano wiretapping case has seemed the kind of down-and-dirty imbroglio that could only happen in Hollywood, where a private eye's underworld patois could impress movie people familiar with noir clichés, allured by real physical danger and accustomed to getting whatever they want. But confidential F.B.I. records show that the scandal's tentacles have extended beyond show-business figures to reach people prominent in the rarified worlds of fine art and classical music. Among the government's most important witnesses, the F.B.I. records suggest, are Adam D. Sender, a prominent collector of contemporary art and a wealthy hedge-fund manager..........hired Anthony Pellicano,...
  • BILL CLINTON - 42nd PRESIDENT, 1993-2001

    06/23/2006 4:23:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 151 replies · 4,892+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 23, 2006 | JASMIN K. WILLIAMS
    WILLIAM Jefferson Blythe III was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Ark. After his mother remarried, he took the family surname, Clinton. Clinton was a good student. He enjoyed playing the saxophone and even considered a professional musical career. While in high school, a fortuitous meeting with President John Kennedy led him to choose a life of public service.
  • Report: Private eye calls federal wiretapping case against him bogus [Pellicano]

    06/10/2006 8:38:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 265+ views
    AP ^ | 6/10/6
    Los Angeles -- Imprisoned private investigator Anthony Pellicano, who is accused of eavesdropping on Hollywood's rich and famous, called the federal wiretapping case against him bogus and reiterated a promise that he would not testify against his former clients. Pellicano, 62, spoke via phone to the Los Angeles Times for the first time since he was indicted by a grand jury in February. He has pleaded not guilty to more than 100 counts and is awaiting trial on charges of wiretapping such stars as Sylvester Stallone and paying two police officers to run names, including comedians Garry Shandling and Kevin...
  • DA investigator was among alleged victims in LA wiretapping case - Anthony Pellicano case

    06/07/2006 9:54:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 425+ views
    Federal prosecutors allege that a law enforcement official who was investigating a fake passport scheme was subjected to an illegal background check by indicted private eye Anthony Pellicano, who was representing the subject of the probe. Prosecutors claim Pellicano had checks run on George Mueller, an investigator with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, and five other people connected to the probe of a Frenchman named Christopher Rocancourt. Mueller said that while he was investigating Rocancourt in the mid-1990s, Rocancourt called him to boast of a "contact" with access to confidential law-enforcement information. "Knowing that a suspect in a...
  • CA: Federal judge allows evidence in Pellicano trial

    06/01/2006 7:25:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 304+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/1/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    A U.S. District Court judge presiding over the trial of a private investigator accused of wiretapping Hollywood celebrities said prosecutors can use evidence gathered in a search of his offices. FBI agents raided Anthony Pellicano's offices in 2002 and found illegal explosives. Authorities were investigating whether Pellicano hired a man to threaten a Los Angeles Times reporter working on a story about actor Steven Seagal and his possible links to the Mafia. Pellicano's attorney Steven Gruel challenged the legality of the search, contending the raids were a ruse to get inside and look for suspected wrongdoing. FBI agents seized computers...
  • Prosecutors: Defense responsible media leaks in Pellicano case

    05/23/2006 7:50:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 281+ views
    Defense attorneys are responsible for leaking confidential FBI summaries to the media in a Hollywood wiretapping case, federal prosecutors argued in court documents. Prosecutors said articles citing FBI interviews with Hollywood power brokers didn't start showing up in the New York Times until after information had been turned over to defense attorneys as part of the pretrial discovery process. Because a protective order may have been violated, the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation to determine who leaked the details. "The protective order was materially breached when at least one of the members of the defense team provided material...
  • Matalin: Busted PI Deeply Involved in Clinton 'Bimbo' Operations

    11/30/2002 10:45:01 PM PST · by kattracks · 65 replies · 1,040+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 11/30/02 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    A famous Los Angeles private detective who was busted by the FBI last week with an arsenal of explosives big enough to arm a small al Qaeda terror cell was deeply involved in former President Bill Clinton's efforts to intimidate his ex-girlfriends into silence, according to senior Bush White House advisor Mary Matalin. Before joining the White House in 2001 as counselor to Vice President Cheney and assistant to President Bush, Matalin worked as political director of Bush 41's failed 1992 reelection effort. In the interim, while hosting her own nationally syndicated talk radio show on Washington, D.C.'s WRC-AM,...
  • L.A. billionaire's wife: Burkle spied (Clinton's business partner )

    05/20/2006 7:08:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 893+ views
    Newly unsealed documents in billionaire Ron Burkle's divorce include allegations by his former wife that he spied on her, their young son and her boyfriend. The documents, released late Friday, also included a declaration from Burkle's 29-year-old daughter that her father once told her his security staff had videos of wife Janet Burkle and her boyfriend having sex. Burkle's attorney, Patricia L. Glaser, disputed the allegations in a letter to the Los Angeles Times. "Mr. Burkle never told his daughter any such thing," Glaser said. "There are no such videotapes. There was no such eavesdropping. This is not true." The...
  • Wiretapping case blurs fact, fiction about Hollywood private eyes (Pellicano)

    05/20/2006 4:24:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/20/06 | Linda Deutsch - ap
    In the world of Hollywood fantasy, no occupation has been quite as mythologized as the private detective - the gumshoe in the shadows bending the law while spying on cheating spouses or lying business partners. In their endless push for fame and fortune, some Hollywood power brokers bought into the character and found a real-life private eye with a dubious reputation. Federal prosecutors now say Anthony Pellicano used wiretaps, threats and blackmail to help lawyers and their clients win high-stakes legal disputes. Other private eyes complain the case has confused fact and fiction about their work while showing how far...
  • Pellicano Sought Prison 'Hit,' U.S. Alleges

    05/09/2006 9:47:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 577+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/9/06 | Greg Krikorian and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal prosecutors alleged Monday that Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano recently conspired with known mobsters in Chicago to put a prison "hit" on the man he allegedly hired to threaten a Los Angeles Times reporter. The hit, according to court papers, was allegedly aimed at Alexander Proctor, an ex-convict who was arrested for placing a dead fish with a rose in its mouth and a sign that said "Stop" on the windshield of reporter Anita Busch's car in the summer of 2002. When an FBI informant later surfaced with Proctor on tape boasting that he was working for Pellicano, federal...
  • THE OTHER HILLARY CLINTON (ties to Anthony Pellicano)

    04/30/2006 4:00:11 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 28 replies · 1,418+ views
    prorev.com ^ | May 2005
    Wednesday, May 04, 2005 THE OTHER HILLARY CLINTON [More stories it's better to read now than during the campaign] IF HILLARY CLINTON runs for president one of the people you'll be hearing about is Anthony Pellicano, a west coast private eye, currently doing time on explosives charges. The Clintons owe a lot to Pellicano. Although the their lawyer denies it, a number of other sources are convinced Pellicano was working for Hillary and Bill when he falsely suggested that the Gennifer Flowers' tape of Bill's calls was faked. In fact, Pellicano was a high school dropout with no professional qualifications...
  • Dean of Hollywood lawyers had ties with indicted private eye - Bert Fields, Anthony Pellicano

    04/30/2006 11:22:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 377+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/30/06 | Greg Risling - ap
    When A-list stars have legal troubles or need to negotiate seven-figure movie deals, they often turn to powerhouse attorney Bert Fields. The 77-year-old legal legend has built a reputation as one of the most feared litigators in Hollywood while working for Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg and other celebrities. Now, it's Fields who may need help. In recent months, prosecutors have been investigating his involvement with private investigator Anthony Pellicano, the suspected kingpin of a wiretapping ring accused in a federal indictment of threats and blackmail while digging up dirt to help clients in legal disputes. Prosecutors believe actor...
  • Leak in Pellicano Case Is Probed

    04/29/2006 12:09:24 PM PDT · by radar101 · 4 replies · 489+ views
    L A Times ^ | April 29, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Henry Weinstein
    Federal authorities have begun a criminal investigation into who leaked confidential FBI documents The investigation will be conducted by the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego. Attorneys representing Pellicano and six others under indictment in the wiretapping scandal also have been given FBI investigative reports known as "302s" and other documents in the case. Under a protective order issued by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer almost four weeks ago, they can share the information only with their clients and potential witnesses. The confidential information was first disclosed two weeks ago, when the New York Times published the first of...
  • 'N.Y. Times' Reporters Facing Subpoenas in Pellicano Case? (Dinosaur Media Trouble Alert)

    04/27/2006 2:06:51 PM PDT · by abb · 12 replies · 707+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | April 27, 2006 | Staff
    Published: April 27, 2006 4:00 PM ET NEW YORK While much of the press continues to focus on the titillating Hollywood aspects of the sensational Anthony Pellicano case in Los Angeles, the threat to not just movie stars, but journalists, seems to be growing day by day. For one thing, there’s a new federal probe: The influential legal publication Los Angeles Daily Journal has revealed that the U.S. Justice Dept. and the FBI are considering mounting an investigation into who leaked FBI summaries of witness interviews to the New York Times. A court hearing is scheduled for Monday, at which...