Anthony Pellicano is Hollywood's best known
"security consultant." He's often called "The Celebrities' Thug."
He was arrested by police 11/21/02 for allegedly hiring
a thug to intimidate Los Angeles Times journalist Anita Busch from
writing on Pellicano's client Steven Seagal.
(Read the FBI affidavit filed in support of the Pellicano criminal
charge. Read more on Pellicano from Smoking
Pellicano hates his biggest competitor - Gavin de
Becker, calling him a "f--king wimp." (Jeannette
Walls, Dish, pg. 276)
Constantine writes: "Pellicano has more mob connections than
J. Edgar Hoover."
Born Anthony Joseph Pellican Jr, the grandson of
Sicilian immigrants, in 1944 in a working class suburb of Chicago,
Pellicano grew up on the streets. "I could have been a criminal just as
"Kicked out of high school because he was "too
interested in being a tough guy," he acquired discipline and a diploma
in the Army Signal Corps. In those days he was Tony Pellican -- his
grandfather had dropped the O when the family left Sicily. By the time
he finished his stint as an Army cryptographer, he had changed his
surname back to Pellicano, in honor of his heritage, he said."
("Streetwise Gumshoe to the Stars," by Shawn Hubler and James Bates,
Los Angeles Times, September 11, 1993)
Raised by his mother, Anthony dropped out of high
school. He got a GED in the army signal corp before joining the Spiegel
catalogue company "skip tracing" customers who didn't pay their bills.
In 1969, he set up his own business as a private
detective. He found several publicized missing persons and became a
celebrity in Chicago. He worked for the government. He loved publicity.
He "drove a huge Lincoln Continental, hung Samurai swords in his
office, and sealed his letters with monogrammed wax." (Dish,
In 1974, Pellicano declared bankruptcy. His filing
revealed he'd borrowed $30,000 from Paul "The Waiter" de Lucia, the son
of a reputed mobster. "Paul de Lucia is my daughter's godfather,"
Pellicano said. "He's just like any other guy in the neighborhood."
Pellicano had to resign his position on the Illinois Law
In 1977, Pellicano gained fame in what his detractors
called dishonest. He purported to have found the body of Elizabeth
Taylor's third husband, Mike Todd. It had been stolen from a Chicago
Bringing along a camera crew from a local news station,
Pellicano dramatically walked seventy-five yards south of the excavated
grave, reached around under some leaves and branches, and by jove, he
found a plastic bag of Todd's remains. Pellicano's rivals claimed he'd
staged the entire episode for publicity. (Jeanette
Walls, Dish, pg. 276-277)
Lt. Joseph Byrnes of the Forest Park, Illinois, police
told journalist John Connolly: "Seven patrolmen and I, walking shoulder
to shoulder, searched every inch of that small cemetery, and we found
nothing. The very next day, Pellicano makes a big deal of finding the
remains in a spot we had thoroughly checked." (Los Angeles magazine,
Taylor introduced Pellicano to her Hollywood friends.
Criminal attorney Howard Weitzman hired him. The two successfully
defended John DeLorean from cocaine trafficking charges.
In 1983, Pellicano moved to Los Angeles, setting up an
office on Sunset Blvd (now at 9200 Sunset Blvd according to his website
www.pellicano.com). He was coached by Fred Otash, the private
investigator for the notorious 1950s gossip rag Confidential. (Dish,
Pellicano became what he calls "the ultimate problem
Jeannette Walls writes in her 2000 book Dish:
"Pellicano didn't tackle the problem, he went after the accuser. He
has, foes say, boasted of his underworld contacts and threatened people
Pellicano boasted about his membership in MENSA, a group
for people with high IQs.
Before the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman,
O.J. Simpson hired Pellicano to silence a secretary who accused the
football star of abusive behavior. Pellicano dug up embarrassing info
about the secretary. "Anthony is one of those people who is, shall we
say, a lion at the gate," said Simpson after the case was dismissed.
"He is not a man to be on the wrong side of." (Dish,
Pellicano is believed to be the one who dug up
information about Patricia Bowman, the woman who accused William
Kennedy Smith of raping her. (Dish,
When a former receptionist sued Don
Simpson for $5 million, Pellicano dug up embarrassing
information about her, ruining her life and her case.
"So when a doctor named Stephen Ammerman, who was said
to be treating Don Simpson for drug addiction, died of a drug overdose
at Simpson's Bel Aire estate, the producer immediately called
Pellicano. Later, Ammerman's family filed a wrongful death suit,
alleging the doctor hadn't willingly taken the drugs that killed him
and that Pellicano and others destroyed evidence before police arrived
on the scene. The charges against Pellicano were dismissed after
Simpson himself died the following year of a drug overdose." (Dish, pg.
Pellicano tried to track down Spy magazine's anonymous
Hollywood columnist Celia Brady.
"When Los Angeles magazine was preparing an expose of
the tabloid [National Enquirer], reporter Rod Lurie said the detective
threatened him and tried to get the piece killed. "There was consistent
cultlike phone intimidation from Pellicano," said Lurie. "He would call
my friends and family and editors I worked for at other magazines,
saying I was through in this town." According to Lurie, Pellicano paid
the reporter's research assistant to steal his notes." (Dish,
In 1989, Lurie got a hold of a list of the Enquirer's
paid tipsters. Soon after, Anthony Pellicano called Lurie, and
according to Rod, became "very threatening [and] told me in no
uncertain terms that he was working for the Enquirer and he was being
paid a lot of money to get this file back."
Pellicano called Lurie's editor Nancy Griffin and
warned, "Bad things can happen to nice lady editors."
Kim Masters writes in the March 2003 issue of Esquire:
"In March 1990, Lurie was knocked from his bike by a hit-and-run
driver, breaking some bones. He doesn't claim that Pellicano was
somehow involved in the accident, but Lurie says Pellicano may have
wanted him to think so when Pellicano called him shortly afterward.
"Pellicano knew about it awfully fast," he says. "But that could be
drama-queen stuff - on his part or mine."
On March 11, 1990, Lurie was riding on a motorcyle near
his home in Pasadena. A car drove up behind him and hit him. Lurie
wound up in the hospital with two broken ribs and a busted back. "It
was no accident," he Lurie. "That car hit me on purpose. There's
absolutely no doubt about it ... I saw the the guy veer over and go
right for me. The tabloids warned me if I didn't back off I'd be sorry.
I think they just made good on their threat." (tabloidbaby.com)
"I can't do everything by the book," says Pellicano. "I
bend the law to death in gaining information." Pellicano tells people
he carries an aluminum baseball bat in the trunk of his black Nexus.
"Guys who fuck with me get to meet my buddy over there," he told a
reporter, pointing towards the bat.
Pellicano tells people that he is an expert with a
knife. "I can shred your face." He has a blackbelt in karate. "If I use
martial arts, I might really maim somebody. I have, and I don't want
to. I only use intimidation and fear when I absolutely have to." (Dish,
"Reporter John Connolly also experienced Pellicano's
hardball P.R. when he wrote an article on [Steven] Seagal. Connolly
claimed that he had evidence that Seagal was linked to the mob, had
lied about his CIA experience, and had paid to have someone killed.
Seagal turned Pellicano loose on Connolly. The reporter, a former cop,
didn't back down, but the experience was harrowing. "Most journalism
schools don't teach reporters how to respond to a Lousville Slugger,"
said Connolly. His tactics have a real chilling effect." (Dish,
9/8/94: LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A private eye with a
celebrity clientele denied he was shadowing O.J. Simpson's ex-wife when
she was slashed to death.
``I only wish that this were true,'' Anthony Pellicano
told The Associated Press on Thursday. ``Imagine, I watch O.J. do it or
someone else do it. Think of the money I could make. I would be a hero
to O.J. or a hero to the public. I'm saying, why can't this be true?''
Pellicano, who has worked for Michael Jackson and
Roseanne, said he has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury
because he was wrongly fingered as a potential witness by John Dunton.
Dunton, a convicted forger, was jailed for contempt on
Wednesday for refusing to appear before the grand jury investigating
Simpson's friend, Al ``A.C.'' Cowlings. According to Pellicano, Dunton
told police he saw the sleuth in a car outside Ms. Simpson's Brentwood
home on June 12, the night she and Ronald Goldman were killed.
``I don't think police believe him,'' Pellicano said.
``I think he made the whole thing up to police and when he was called
before a grand jury and was put under oath his attorney told him to
According to the David Van Biema article in Time
magazine 9/19/94, a man named John Dunton (described in an article in
"Jet" as an ex-convict with a record for forgery) was jailed for
refusing to testify in the [Al] Cowlings investigation after claiming
on TV that two men killed Nicole and Ron, and that a private eye hired
to follow Nicole witnessed the murders. Pellicano then denied that he
was the private eye referred to, although Dunton hadn't named him. (At
this point Pellicano had been hired by Fuhrman to defend him against
claims of planting evidence.)
Graham Brink writes for the St.
Petersburg Times 12/7/00 about Anthony Pellicano:
He says he grew up around Chicago, running with a rough
crowd and had trouble in school. He never went to college. In the 1960s
he encoded and decoded secret messages as an Army cryptographer. Upon
his discharge, he went to work as a bill collector for Spiegel, the
Pellicano parlayed his talent for finding people into a
job as an investigator at several Chicago detective agencies.
Eventually, he put out his own shingle, specializing in collections and
missing persons. He went by the name Tony Fortune.
The local papers followed his successes, showcasing his
role in reuniting runaway kids and kidnap victims with their families.
After he went bankrupt in the mid 1970s, one of his creditors was the
son of a well-known organized crime boss. Pellicano has denied active
ties to the mob but admits knowing his share of gangsters.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and made an almost
immediate splash. A year earlier, sports car manufacturer John DeLorean
had been busted on federal drug charges. Agents had DeLorean on video
closing a drug deal. DeLorean was acquitted after Pellicano's analysis
of phone lists and audiotapes helped discredit a star government
The case opened a lot of Hollywood doors for Pellicano.
It also helped solidify him in the relatively unmined audio analysis
Much of what Pellicano calls "help" can safely be
described as ethically questionable.
A secretary sues a movie producer [Don Simpson] for
$5-million for subjecting her to cocaine and porn movies. Pellicano
steps in, and the case goes away. Sometimes he bypasses the source and
hits the messenger. Several entertainment reporters have accused him of
trying to intimidate them into killing stories about his clients.
A typical case, as Pellicano told GQ: Drug dealers are
preying on a rich kid's addiction. The father hires Pellicano, who
talks to the drug dealers . . . with a baseball bat. The dealers don't
come around anymore.
Jane Galbraith writes about Pellicano in the 9/1/93
issue of Newsday:
In recent weeks, Pellicano also was hired by a Columbia
Pictures executive to find out who'd been spreading rumors linking the
executive to Heidi Fleiss...
In the not-so-distant past, Pellicano's name could be
found in newspaper stories about how Roseanne Arnold found the daughter
she gave up for adoption - she became enraged with him later, believing
he sold the story to the National Enquirer - and again in stories
disputing the legitimacy of taped conversations between Gennifer
Flowers and then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton.
Who is this guy? His business cards say that he does
either "private investigation," "electronic surveillance" and / or
"negotiations" - he's had three versions printed. His purported
expertise in any combination of the above has brought him clients
ranging from Kevin Costner to the National Enquirer - and a
high-profile status achieved by no other private "dick" working the
Tinseltown beat. He's also been dubbed "The Big Sleazy" by GQ magazine
- a moniker some say couldn't be more accurate.
"He turns up really spectacular kinds of evidence," said
one avowed fan, entertainment lawyer Bertram Fields, who represents not
only pop star Jackson but other big names as well. Fields, who hired
Pellicano in the Jackson case, credited him with getting the emotional
distress suit dismissed against "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Top Gun"
producer Don Simpson, whose secretary had claimed he made her schedule
appointments with prostitutes and other alleged transgressions.
On the foe side is Jeffrey Wells, a freelance writer
covering Hollywood who believes Pellicano tapped his phones when he was
doing some investigative reporting on Columbia Pictures executive
Michael Nathanson earlier this year.
The Chicago native first made a name for himself in Los
Angeles by casting doubt on government tapes as an expert witness for
John DeLorean in the former auto maker's 1983 cocaine trial. DeLorean
was acquitted - and later claimed Pellicano intimidated government
Pellicano, who did not respond to a reporter's requests
for an interview, has admitted to resorting to strong-arm tactics. He's
bragged about beating somebody with a baseball bat on behalf of a
From Reuters, 10/27/02: ....[A] federal magistrate in
Los Angeles denied bail for Alexander Proctor because of his prior drug
and burglary convictions and prosecutors' claim that he is a flight
risk, Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Saunders said.
Proctor, 58, was arrested outside his West Los Angeles
home earlier that day by a team of Los Angeles police and FBI organized
crime agents. He was charged with a single charge of interfering with
commerce by threats of violence, for allegedly trying to stop the Times
and Busch from printing the stories.
If convicted he could receive up to 20 years in jail.
Ned Zeman, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who wrote a
feature about the plot, reported being threatened at gunpoint by two
men as he drove to his home in Los Angeles. Zeman said that two men in
a dark-colored car pulled alongside his car, pointed a gun at him and
said, "Stop it" and, "Bang," according to a Vanity Fair spokeswoman.
Police so far have not linked the cases. Saunders said he expected more
developments in the next few days.
Luke says: I've learned that Proctor is an electronics
expert. "Unlicensed private investigator." Proctor's a maven at
eavesdropping. PHe works for people like private investigator Anthony
Pellicano, who journalist Jeffrey Wells says in 1993 used an
electronics device to listen in to his cell phone calls while Wells was
investigating the Michael Nathanson - Heidi Fleiss scandal at Columbia
Proctor bugged a Jewelry store in Ventura County and
figured out when the owner was going to show up with diamonds. Proctor
used a bug to rob the guy in a non-violent way. Proctor knew from
bugging the owner's phone that he was going to show up at a certain
time with diamonds. Proctor then snatched the guy's diamonds.
Two sources have told me that Proctor has ties to tough
guy and infamous private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano. Did
Pellicano order Proctor to bust Busch's windshield?
Proctor ain't communicating much with his public
defender. He banks that richer and more powerful people will come to
It looks like there were different people, not Proctor,
and not Pellicano, who threatened Vanity Fair reporter Ned Zeman.
I think the people who aimed a gun at Zeman and pulled
the trigger (no bullets were fired) were trying to intimidate
investigative journalist John Connolly who's published two devastating
articles about Steven Seagal in Spy magazine (August 1993) and
According to Barry Levin, defense attorney for producer
Julius Nasso, the feds are investigating Steven Seagal for these
threats to reporters.
"Anthony Pellicano is none other than the nation's foremost forensic
expert on tape recordings. His expertise proved crucial in sparing
automaker John Z. De Lorean from a new career manufacturing license
plates. Pellicano also helped expose the infamous eighteen-minute gap
on the Nixon Watergate tapes and the extra gunshots during the
assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas. His expertise is all but
irrefutable in a court of law.
"[T]he term forensic audio was coined by Pellicano, who
pioneered work in this revolutionary field more than twenty years ago.
Pellicano's laboratory in Los Angeles a dazzling array of computers,
spectrum analyzers and other electronic gadgets is generally regarded
as the finest in the country, rivaling those of top law enforcement and
Journalist Stuart Goldman writes
on tabloidbaby.com about a 1990 incident:
The Enquirer's chief goon, Anthony Pellicano, ("The
Nation's Most Publicized Private Investigator") began a nonstop
campaign to hound [Rod] Lurie, [Gavin] de Becker and myself. Pellicano
was right out of a bad Fifties B-movie. He loved to do the good cop/bad
cop bit. He threatened, he bullied, he wheedled, he cajoled. (At one
point, Pellicano sent me a personal check as "hush" money to keep me
from incriminating the Enquirer.) When I changed my private telephone
number -- which I did frequently -- he'd call just to let me know he'd
made the new number (Pellicano enjoyed a rep and expert bug/wire man).
On March 11 [1990?], Rod Lurie was riding his bicycle
near his home in Pasadena. An unmarked car (no plates) drove up behind
him, suddenly sped up, and whacked Lurie fifty feet into space. The
bicycle was instant scrap, and Lurie wound up in the hospital with two
broken ribs and a busted back. When I called him after the accident,
Lurie was resolute: "It was no accident," he said hoarsely. "That car
hit me on purpose. There's absolutely no doubt about it ... I saw the
the guy veer over and go right for me." I asked him if he had any idea
who was behind it."Lemme put it like this," Lurie said. "The tabloids
warned me if I didn't back off I'd be sorry. I think they just made
good on their threat."
ispn.org: "Jerry Scalise...[member] of the Joe Ferriola
street crew headquartered in Cicero and the adjoining Western Suburbs
[in Chicago]... This renewed interest in Jerry Scalise augers well for
the clever little thief, at least from the public relations side of
things. Reportedly Scalise is preparing to write his memoirs with Los
Angeles attorney Anthony Pellicano, himself a Cook County native.
Scalise and Rachel undoubtedly hope to cash in with a lucrative movie
offer from a Hollywood studio. The 1990 motion picture Good Fellas
brought instant fame and recognition to one Henry Hill..."
Washington Weekly: "The Clinton White House has its
agents scouring the country digging up dirt on the 24-year-old girl who
made claims of a sexual involvement with Bill Clinton. The old Bimbo
Eruption Swat Team has gone into overdrive, recruiting private
investigator Anthony Pellicano, whose last claim to Clinton damage
control fame was his "scientific determination" that the Gennifer
Flowers tapes had been edited. (An independent laboratory analysis
later confirmed their unedited authenticity) Now Pellicano has
resurrected Monica Lewinsky's old drama coach, who did his own Gennifer
Flowers number on her just minutes before Clinton's State of the Union
Robert Miller writes 3/10/98 on alt.fan.oj-simpson:
Anthony Pellicano was the private investigator who
worked for Mark Fuhrman during the criminal trial. He was sicced on
those who would besmirch Mark's otherwise pristine reputation. It was
Pellicano who called the woman whose roommate had dated a friend of
Fuhrman's and who said that he was a rude racist guy. When she was
asked if she'd talked with anyone in the government, she said that
Pellicano identified himself as from the government, as I recall. I
believe it was Cochran who was questioning her, and both he and Ito
agreed, "Let's not go there" regarding Pellicano.
Pellicano worked with Cochran and Weitzman, two of
Simpson's attorneys during this ordeal, when they represented Michael
Jackson in the child molestation lawsuit. As we all know, that was
settled but Jackson's reputation was besmirched. Nice job, guys. Well,
Pellicano turned up in front of the House Select Committee on
Assassinations, the same august body that Drs. Michael Baden and Werner
Spitz worked on. All three worked to disprove that a conspiracy was
involved in the murder of JFK. During the discussion about the
acoustical testimony surrounding the DPD tape made the day that Kennedy
was shot in Dealey Plaza, Pellicano presented one of several critiques
disputing the evidence of more than three shots.
In the book CONTRACT ON AMERICA by David E. Scheim,
the following: "The first [critique] was presented unsolicited by
Anthony Pellicano, a private investigator from Chicago who subsequently
handled a controversial tape for the defense of auto maker John
DeLorean that was leaked to the press by Hustler Magazine publisher
Larry Flynt. Pellicano's criticisms were disposed of by Dr. Barger in
subsequent testimony before the House Committee."
In Livingstone and Groden's HIGH TREASON, the authors
state that before his appearance in front of the HSCA, he had testified
that the 18 and 1/2 minute gap in one of the Watergate tapes was
accidental. Also, you guys may remember that it was Judge Ito who sat
on the bench during the DeLorean trial. Does anyone out there know why
Anthony Pellicano's unsolicited testimony was taken by the HSCA? Or
what position he held to be able to give his two bits about the 18 and
1/2 minute gap?
The Pellicano Brief
Rod Lurie writes in the February 1992 issue of Los
My wife's private line rang. A minute later she
returned, slightly ashen, and said an "old friend" was calling.
When I took the phone, he didn't introduce himself. He
didn't have to - I recognized his voice immediately.
"I thought I'd never have to call you again," Anthony
The last time I heard from Pellicano was a year and a
half ago, while I was working on a story for this magazine called "I
was on the Enquirer's Hit List." Pellicano, a notorious private
detective, had been hired by the National Enquirer to "discourage" my
story. He was the man who Assistant U.S. Attorney James Walsh claimed
had intimidated government witnesses in the John DeLorean case and who,
in a recent issue of GQ, bragged he'd beaten somebody with a baseball
bat on behalf of a client. Pellicano had said he'd killed "hundreds" of
stories and strongly suggested I drop mine.
"What do you want?" I asked him.
"What do I want?" he said, as if the answer were
ludicrously obvious. There was a small pause. "'Don R... [Pellicano's
attorney Don Re?] whore...Don...Pellicano wants his job...call Patrick
about Norm and relationship to Pellicano....'"
I was stunned. Pellicano was reading from the notes I
had compiled during my current investigation into the Enquirer. "This
is libelous," he said with a drawl. "I spoke to Don. R. He's one of my
best friends. He says he never spoke to you... I'm going to subpoena
all your notes... You've brought yourself a lawsuit, pal."
"Where did you get my notes?"
"Would you tell me your sources? So why would I tell
As I was soon to find out, Pellicano had paid my
research assistant $3000 for the notes. Not only that, the Star, which
the Enquirer had purchased in 1990, had given my assistant a check for
$500 to monitor the progress of my article.
writes in the February 1994 issue of Los Angeles Magazine:
Early last summer, I received a telephone call from Anthony Pellicano,
who informed me that he was working for Steven Seagal, about whom I had
just written an unflattering article for Spy magazine. Pellicano said
he was "going to get" me and then began tirade, calling me every name
in the book and linking some curse words in couplets I had never heard
before. I interrupted him long enough to ask if he always spoke to
people he had never met in such an obnoxious manner. He responded by
screaming that I was a "cockroach" and went on to say I should be glad
I was in New York and not on his turf in L.A. I asked Pellicano if he
was always a tough guy. "I'm not only a tough guy," he said, "I'm
connected to the right people, you asshole."
I concluded the conversation by telling Pellicano the
date of my arrival and the hotel I would be staying at during my next
trip to L.A. and suggested he bring his famed Lousville Slugger. He
On September 14, 1989, a 31-year old African-American
clerk named Deryl Brown was summoned to the personnel office at
Paramount, where he'd worked for seven years. The director escorted
Brown into a private room and introduced him to another man, whom he
said was an attorney. According to a later complaint Brown filed in
superior court against Paramount and Pellicano [which was later settled
quickly by Paramount], the director then left the room.
The complaint said the "attorney" then accused Brown
of conspiring with a female coworker to sell drugs and steal valuable
company memorabilia. When Brown protested, he was told that unless he
admitted his guilt, he would be both fired and prosecuted. "You're in
deep shit, asshole!" Brown says the man screamed at him. "You don't
want to make an enemy of me." When he tried to leave, the lawyer
blocked the doorway and, said Brown's attorney, Helena Wise, "made
racial slurs," saying Brown couldn't afford to live in the neighborhood
he did unless he was dealing drugs. After a half hour, he was allowed
Brown later identified the attorney as
Pellicano...hired by one of Paramount's biggest producers, Don Simpson,
to help out in a suit filed against him by a Paramount secretary,
Monica Harmon. ...Pellicano had leaned on [Brown] to testify against
Harmon's character. Pellicano also tracked down a former Paramount
page, Patrick Winberg, who had moved back to his hometown in
Minnnesota. Pellicano "talked" the page into returning to California
and testifying in depositions that he had given cocaine to Harmon.
Pellicano paid for Winberg's airfare and stay at th Westwood Marquis.
Winberg told me, however, that Pellicano had paid him $11,000 and
promised to double that amount but never made the second payment.
...[I] 1990 when Rod Lurie was researching his Los
Angeles magazine piece on how the National Enquirer gets its
information. Lurie got a call from Pellicano, who identified himself as
a private investigator working for th Enquirer. Indeed, as Lurie
recalls, Pellicano said, "I am the Enquirer." He demanded to know the
identity of Lurie's source at the tabloid. When Lurie wouldn't
cooperate, Pellicano said he would find out, adding, in what Lurie
termed in the article a threatening manner, "I am relentless." In the
ensuing months, Pellicano lived up to that image. He called Lurie on
his unlisted phone number, bad-mouthed him to his sources, accused him
of extortion and threatened him with a "nuisance suit" to block the
article's publication. The piece was published without further
incident, but the following year, when Lurie was working on another Los
Angeles story about tabloid dirty tricks, he again crossed paths with
Pellicano. Lurie was told by his assistant that Pellicano had
approached him and asked him to spy on Lurie. Although the assistnat
said he turned Pellicano down, Lurie remained suspicious.
The next day, he fabricated some notes about the
Enquirer and asked the assistant to type them into the computer. Two
days later, he got a call from Pellicano, who smugly read to him the
very notes he had written. Late last summer, I tracked down the
assistant, who admitted in a taped interview that Pellicano had paid
him $3,000 for the notes. But Pellicano wanted to be sure he was
getting his money's worth. To guarantee the assistant wouldn't try to
pass off counterfeit information, Pellicano threatened him. According
to the assistant, Pellicano said, "I make a living knowing if
somebody's bullshitting me! I can look up a bull's asshole and give you
the price of butter." Then, pointing to a blue aluminum baseball bat in
the corner of his office, Pellicano told the assistant, "Guys who fuck
with me get to meet my buddy over there in the corner."
Matt Lait and Scott Glover write
in the 11/22/02 LA Times:
A man charged with threatening a Los Angeles Times
reporter who was researching the relationship between Steven Seagal and
an alleged Mafia associate told an informant for the FBI that Seagal
was behind the threat, according to court documents.
Alexander Proctor, a 59-year-old ex-convict charged
with threatening reporter Anita
Busch, allegedly told the informant during secretly recorded
conversations that he had been hired to carry out the threat by Anthony
Pellicano, known as the private detective to the stars. [I reported
most of this 11/13. I know the name of the informant, a man with ties
to the Russian mob.]
According to the FBI, Proctor told the informant that
Seagal had hired Pellicano to threaten the reporter. "He wanted to make
it look like the Italians were putting the hit on her so it wouldn't
reflect on Seagal," Proctor told the informant, according to a search
warrant affidavit filed by an FBI agent assigned to the case.
On Thursday, more than a dozen FBI agents searched
Pellicano's West Hollywood office. An FBI spokesman, Matt McLaughlin,
said Pellicano had been arrested in connection with what appeared to be
explosive materials discovered in his office during the search. He is
expected to appear before a federal magistrate today, McLaughlin said.
[I named Pellicano a suspect 11/13 and wrote that he had close ties to
One federal law enforcement source close to the case
said 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." The source added that
investigators were still assessing Proctor's credibility and possible
An attorney for Seagal said his client had no
involvement in the June 20 threat against the reporter, who woke up
that morning and found a dead fish, a rose and a note attached to her
car windshield, which had been punctured. The note was a one-word
Before he was handcuffed, Pellicano declined to
comment. As a celebrity sleuth with a star-studded clientele, he has
cultivated a tough-guy image: He hands out paperweights to reporters
saying, "Sometimes ... you just have to play hardball."
Proctor, who was being held at the Metropolitan
Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles without bail, has pleaded not
guilty in the case. His attorney, Victor Cannon, could not be reached
According to court documents, Proctor told the
informant that he owed Pellicano $14,000 and agreed to intimidate Busch
for $10,000. But after the job was done, Proctor said, "they" were so
pleased with his work that Pellicano agreed to wipe out his remaining
Proctor allegedly told the informant that he was
supposed to "blow up" Busch's car as a warning so she would stop
reporting on the story about Seagal. But he said it would have been too
difficult to set her car ablaze, because she lived near an apartment
complex. He said Busch also had a neighbor who stayed up late at night,
and he was apparently afraid he would be seen.
In the end, Proctor allegedly told the informant that
he bought the fish and rose and placed them on Busch's car, putting a
bullet hole in the windshield and taping the cardboard sign to it.
After Busch's car was vandalized, she told authorities
she thought the incident was related to her investigative work on an
article about Seagal and his former producing partner, Julius Nasso,
who had a bitter business fallout with the film star.
According to federal authorities, Nasso is an
associate of the Gambino crime family. He was indicted earlier this
year, along with other reputed mob figures, in connection with a plot
to extort money from Seagal. He has pleaded not guilty.
Seagal is scheduled to testify next year as a
prosecution witness at the trials of several alleged mobsters and Nasso
in Brooklyn. Last month, Nasso's attorney alleged in a court document
that Seagal might have been involved in the threat against Busch, and
that could reflect on the actor's credibility as a witness.
Proctor's taped statements to the informant are
detailed in a 21-page application for a search warrant [to search
According to the FBI, the agency's informant was
facing criminal charges of his own, including mail fraud, at the time
he agreed to cooperate with the investigation of Proctor.
The day after Busch's car was vandalized, the
informant called the reporter, saying he knew who was responsible. He
said Proctor at that time told him he had vandalized the car and was
working for guys "back East" who were ruthless and wanted Busch to back
off her story.
The informant then agreed to wear a concealed
recording device while trying to coax out more details about the plot
During a July 3 meeting with the informant, Proctor
reportedly said he had actually carried out the threats against Busch
on behalf of Seagal, not ruthless men from back East.
According to the court documents, Proctor talked to
Pellicano on several occasions. There is no indication in the documents
that he ever met with Seagal.
According to prosecutors, Proctor is an ex-convict
with burglary and narcotics-related convictions. He is charged with
interfering with commerce by threats of violence. If convicted, he
faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Hillary's Private Eye
Arrested in Reporter Intimidation Case
I found this on a Rush Limbaugh newsgroup:
A California private detective who worked to discredit
Clinton Sexgate accusers Monica Lewinsky and Gennifer Flowers has been
arrested in connection with attempts to intimidate a reporter for the
Los Angeles Times after the FBI caught him with an arsenal of
J. Pellicano was arrested Thursday after a search of his
office by a dozen FBI agents turned up an "array of explosives,"
reported New York's Daily News on Saturday.
In February, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton was alleged
to have hired Pellicano in 1992 in an attempt to discredit Gennifer
Flowers' claims of a twelve year affair with Mr. Clinton.
The episode bears an eerie resemblance to the account
of Clinton sex-accuser Sally Perdue, who told the London Telegraph in
1994 that after she was threatened with physical violence, her car
windshield was broken and spent shotgun shell was left on the seat.
Perdue abruptly relocated to China a few months after talking to the
Telegraph, shortly after Paula Jones sued Mr. Clinton for sexual
Though Pellicano's name never surfaced in connection
with Perdue's allegations, he reportedly played a key role in attempts
to discredit both Monica Lewinsky and Gennifer Flowers.
Four days after the Lewinsky story broke in Jan.
1998, ex-Lewinsky boyfriend Andy Bleiler came forward with the claim
that she had stalked him. The Washington state school teacher also
contended that Lewinsky wanted to become a White House intern so she
could perform oral sex on then-President Clinton. "I'm going to
Washington to get my presidential knee pads," Bleiler's lawyer, Terry
Giles, quoted Lewinsky as saying.
"Anthony Pellicano, the L.A.-based private
investigator and O.J. defense team veteran [was] responsible for
digging up Andy Bleiler," the New York Post's Andrea Peyser reported
Sexgate provocatuer Lucianne Goldberg told Peyser that
Pellicano's services were bought and paid for by the Clinton White
House. When Peyser confronted the Los Angeles private detective with
Goldberg's claim, he didn't deny it. "You're a smart girl. No comment,"
Pellicano told the Post reporter.
Digging up Bleiler's "presidential kneepads" story
wasn't the first time Pellicano had gone to bat for the Clintons.
According to Ron Kessler's 1995 best-seller, "Inside the White House,"
Clinton's first presidential campaign relied on Pellicano's expertise
in the field of audio analysis to discredit Gennifer Flowers' smoking
gun tapes. "The Clinton camp made much of the fact that Anthony J.
Pellicano, an expert on audio recording analysis, had told the press
that a twelve-minute portion of the tape of conversations between
Flowers and Clinton had been 'selectively edited' at two points,"
To counter Pellicano's claims, Flowers submitted her
recordings to Truth Verification Labs, which found them to be 100
percent authentic. In 1999 Flowers filed a defamation suit against
Clinton campaign officials James Carville and George Stephanopoulos -
along with then-first lady Hillary Clinton - based on their attempts to
use Pellicano's analysis to discredit her.
During a February court appearance, the head of
Flowers' legal team, Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman, told the
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, "Anthony Pellicano was a private
investigator hired by Mrs. Clinton herself. And he's the one who did
the analysis of the tapes."
Of the more than two dozen media reports on
Pellicano's Thursday arrest so far, none have mentioned his ties to the
Clinton attack machine.
(Reuters) A celebrity private detective... was released
from a federal jail on bail on Wednesday in an unrelated illegal
weapons possession case.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Fernando Olguin rejected
prosecutors' argument that Anthony Pellicano, 58, represented a public
threat because he had two live grenades and enough plastic explosives
to blow up an airliner in a safe in his office, and ordered Pellicano
released on $400,000 bond.
Pellicano has been jailed without bail since his arrest
on Nov. 22. On Wednesday, a rumpled Pellicano walked jauntily into U.S.
District Court in Los Angeles in jail-issue blue pants and a green top
with his hands chained to his waist.
A number of the city's most prominent lawyers who have
used Pellicano's sleuthing services wrote letters to the court to plead
for his release for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Saunders asked the judge to
lock up Pellicano without bail based on the gravity of the weapons
possession charge and Proctor's allegations.
"What was he doing with those bombs?" Saunders said. "We
believe his possession of those weapons of death and mass destruction
meets the showing of dangerousness."
Pellicano's attorney, Donald Re, argued that his client,
who had no criminal record and a long relationship with local law
enforcement as an expert in analyzing tape recordings, should be
released on bail.
"His background with law enforcement is enough to
demonstrate that he is trustworthy," Re told the judge. "And the
outpouring of letters after his arrest from the best legal talent in
The judge ordered Pellicano to hand over his passport
and restricted his travel to Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He set a
Dec. 17 preliminary hearing.
More People Going Down In Steven
Seagal - Anthony
I hear that Steven Seagal had calls placed to the
brother of John Gotti, Peter Gotti, to help him with his former
producing partner Julius
More of Pellicano's guys are going to get arrested.
Pellicano is friendly with various people suspected of belonging to the
Mafia like Ronald "Ronnie" Lorenzo, who owns a pizza place in Brentwood
and the restaurant Splash in Malibu. Ronnie, who's spent ten years in
prison, is suspected to be the main Los Angeles player in the Bonnano
family. Ronnie is best friends with actor James Caan and actor Frank
Sivero. Sivero is a real hood. He used to collect money for Joe Isgro.
There are videotapes of Sivero with Ronnie Lorenzo and
porn star Tabitha Stevens.
James Caan offered his home as collateral toward the
$2-million bail for Lorenzo and appeared as a character witness for his
nlpc.org: In 1993, reputed mobster Ronnie Lorenzo was
sentenced to 11 years in federal prison in Los Angeles for drug
trafficking. A federal jury convicted Lorenzo of conspiracy and
distribution of cocaine in two 1990 deals with FBI informant Robert
Franchi. Lorenzo reportedly trusted Franchi due to their mutual friends
in Raymond L.S. Patriarca’s organized-crime family in New England.
Authorities believe Lorenzo is a member of the Bonnano crime family.
See: Paul Lieberman, “Inside Hollywood Mike’s Crew,” L.A. Times Apr.
14, 1996. According to DOJ’s draft RICO complaint against LIUNA, “The
Bonnano family...is headquartered in New York City and operates in
various other locations in the United States. The Bonnano family is [a]
New York City LCN family...” [Robert D.] Luskin represented Lorenzo on
an appeal that Lorenzo lost on Oct. 8, 1998.
During the trial of [Joey]
Ippolito and [Ronald] Lorenzo (the two were tried together),
the Los Angeles Times had reporters covering the entire thing, and yet,
strangely, the news reports only mentioned Lorenzo by name. In a Spy
magazine article titled "Cafe Nostra", by John
Connolly (who had the best early investigative coverage of Danny
Casolaro's death and what is now known as The Octopus),
Ippolito was mentioned by name. The story, about the strong connections
between the Mafia and major players in Hollywood, was listed as "Part I
in a series of articles." The issue, from March 1994, was the last
issue before the sudden unexpected shut-down of Spy, which happened
almost immediately after the publication of the issue. The official
reason was money, but there was no warning signs of financial problems,
and the magazine was as popular as ever. Spy returned a few months
later under new ownership, a pathetic shell of what it once was,
providing glib satire without bite. The other parts of the series of
articles by Connolly were, unsurprisingly, absent from the new Spy.
3/03 GQ by John Brodie
"I think I am going to jail," [Anthony Pellicano] said
when we spoke in December. "I think I'm going to jail for a long time.
If the prosecutor were of the mind to treat this in a fair manner, this
would be a misdemeanor possession and I would be allowed to retain my
license and continue my business." Then he added somewhat ominously,
"But there's somebody in the background that's
pushing this felony conviction, and I don't know why."
Documents generated by L.A.-based FBI agents portray
Pellicano as an operative of Seagal's who was hung out to dry. New
York-based law enforcement sources and Seagal's own attorney spin a
different tale: They claim members of the Gambino crime family
orchestrated the fish-and-rose tableau to destroy the action hero's
credibility before he could testify against them in an upcoming federal
racketeering trial. ...The greater mystery is why the government has
not arrested anyone for setting in motion the attack on Anita Busch.
[LF: Because the government doesn't want to reveal Busch's ties to
government intelligence agents?]
James P. Walsh, the United States attorney who
prosecuted the case, notes that when Pellicano (in his role [on the
John Delorean 1984 case] as the defense team's tape expert) examined
the videotapes at the FBI's lab in Washington, a confrontation just
happened to break out between Pellicano and an agent in the room. "In
the course of that, Mr. Pellicano damaged in a small way one of the
tapes. In other words, there was a small puncture that was put into one
of the original tapes," said Walsh, noting that the tape was almost
Nevertheless, on the night of August 26, Vanity Fair
writer Ned Zeman had eaten at Il Sole, an Italian place on the Sunset
Strip, and was driving his Saab 9-3 home up Laurel Canyon when a
flashing light appeared in his rearview mirror. He pulled over. Zeman
had recently finished an article about the rancorous professional
divorce between Steven Seagal and Julius Nasso...
None of this crossed Zeman's mind as a dark
Mercedes-Benz with tinted windows pulled up alongside him. The
journalist reached under his seat, where he normally kept his wallet.
As he lifted his head back above the dashboard, the passenger-side
window of the Mercedes rolled down, and Zeman was confronted by a man
pointing a semiautomatic pistol at his head. "Stop," came a voice from
inside the car.
Zeman ducked, thinking he had a road-rage idiot on his
hands. He heard the assailant pull the trigger, but there was no bullet
in the chamber, and the gun just clicked. A voice from within the
Mercedes said "Bam!" or "Bang!" and then the car sped off.
The whole incident lasted five seconds.
As Zeman waited for the police to arrive, he thought
about a G.I. Joe doll he had found in his front yard a few days
earlier. The doll was missing a head.
Steven Seagal's longtime lawyer Martin Singer says
Seagal has nothing to do with Pellicano...
Anthony says he hates Seagal. "First of all, Steven
Seagal is an enemy of mine and has been for seven years. I can't stand
the piece of shit. He's a rat cocksucker. Nobody's going to believe
that I did this for Seagal," Pellicano said, his voice bubbling to a
crescendo at the perceived injustice of it all. "Number one, I didn't
do it for Seagal. Number two, if I was going to intimidate somebody,
I'm not gonna put a fish on their car. I'm going to be in their face
like I've been all my life."
Other L.A. private investigators are troubled by
Pellicano's version of events, noting that the work for Gorry Meyer
& Rudd would have put him back into Seagal's orbit. In the
past, Pellicano has been accused of playing one side of a case against
the other. Nils Grevillius, a former Pinkerton agent and a rival
investigator, interviewed the parking valets at Pellicano's office
building last fall. As Grevillius states, 'I asked them, 'Say, didn't I
see that actor Steven Seagal over here the other day?' And they said,
'Oh yeah, he comes here all the time.' Now, I was standing right next
to Pellicano's Mercedes convertible, which has a special spot next to
the valet-parking area, and they nodded to Pellicano's car when I
looked at it. The night before Thanksgiving, I was talking to the
security guard in the lobby, and I affected the mien of a rube and
said, 'Gee, didn't I see Steven Seagal in here the other day?' And the
security guard said, 'Oh yeah, yeah, he's here all the time. In fact,
his private detective is upstairs. and he's the one who got in
But the government does not seem in any hurry to move
past Pellicano and up the evidentiary chain - at least until Seagal has
finished singing in the Gambino trial. According to Seagal's attorney,
neither the FBI nor the LAPD has questioned his client in connection
with the attacks on the journalists, nor has the FBI requested Seagal's
bank or phone records. As of press time, no one has been arrested in
connection with the attack on Zeman. The FBI scheduled, then postponed,
Anthony Pellicano Going Down
XXX says: Earlier this week, we learned that because of
a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the charges against Alexander
Proctor for damaging the car of journalist Anita
Busch are being thrown out. According to the government
informant, Proctor was acting for Pellicano on behalf of his client Steven
Now it looks like nobody is going to be charged over the
threats to Busch and Vanity Fair's Ned Zeman. But Pellicano is still
going down for other things. His career is finished and he faces ten
years in jail.
If it would not have been the Hobbes Act, the Proctor
case would've fallen down for any number of reasons.
After the feds busted Pellicano for illegal possession
of explosives, the FBI (and some to the prosecutors in the downtown)
started getting phone calls. They got fantastic leads about illegal
things Pellicano has done.
Pellicano is going to be indicted any day now. He was
supposed to have been indicted over the explosives last week.
Pellicano was never tied into the Anita Busch thing
except by the snitch and the resulting search warrant and affidavit.
The feds hoped to get enough stuff on Pellicano to bust him for the
Hobbes Act stuff.
The threats to Busch and Zeman will end up as a small
footnote to the whole Seagal-Pellicano-Nasso thing.
We don't know who threatened Zeman. Barry Levin has
theories that it was a relative of Seagal's.
It was a total accident that the Pellicano-Seagal
connection ever got in the paper. There was an early search warrant and
affidavit filed for Proctor's arrest. That was supposed to be sealed.
It had the wrong address on Proctor. So they had to get a new warrant.
They put the old one in the file and forgot that it was public.
American Movie Classics is covering all bases in their
documentary on this drama. Everyone spoke to them except Steven Seagal.
They've got Elie Samaha, screenwriters, directors. The documentary used
to do HBO Undercover and they nailed it.
From the 3/1/03 LA Times:
Federal prosecutors moved Friday to dismiss an
indictment charging a Southern California man with threatening a Los
Angeles Times reporter who was researching the relationship between
actor Steven Seagal and a reputed Mafia associate.
Originally, prosecutors charged that Proctor's alleged
actions amounted to interfering with interstate commerce by threats of
violence, a violation of the federal Hobbs Act. But this week, the
Supreme Court ruled in another case that the Hobbs Act applies only
when force is used to obtain property.
But even as they asked for a dismissal of the
indictment against Proctor, prosecutors filed a criminal complaint
Friday charging the ex-convict with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
If convicted under the new complaint, he faces up to five years in
prison. Some of the evidence for the new charge was uncovered during
the investigation of the alleged threats.
Hollywood private detective Anthony Pellicano, who has
represented some of the biggest stars in show business, faces possible
indictment on charges of widespread illegal wiretapping and witness
intimidation, backed by threats and occasional violence, a federal
prosecutor said in court Wednesday.
What began as an investigation into a threat against a
Los Angeles Times reporter has grown into a large-scale probe involving
other potential victims, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Daniel Saunders.
Saunders said FBI agents have obtained the names of a
number of people, including some lawyers, who hired Pellicano to
conduct illicit wiretaps or secure the silence of potential witnesses.
He said the FBI has also identified the computer
software Pellicano allegedly used to tap into telephones, his contact
at the telephone company and a corrupt law enforcement officer who
Saunders made the disclosures during an unsuccessful
prosecution attempt to revoke Pellicano's $400,000 bail on an unrelated
charge of possessing explosives. U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian
said he wanted to see sworn affidavits from some of the government's
witnesses before deciding whether to revoke Pellicano's bond.
Anthony Pellicano Drama
XXX says: Even though they've dismissed federal charges
Proctor for terrorizing Los Angeles Times journalist Anita
Busch, this case ain't over.
When law enforcement tossed Anthony
Pellicano's office on Sunset Boulevard and found the illegal
grenades, they also found evidence of wire-tapping. That Pellicano had
been wire-tapping people on behalf of clients. There's a Grand Jury
investigating this. Some prominent Los Angeles entertainment attorneys
have been subpoened to appear and they are most uncomfortable about
Connolly is working on a book on Anthony Pellicano called The
Journalists who've been terrorized by Pellicano include
Jeff Wells, Rod Lurie and Stuart Goldman.
Pellicano may be involved with the Max Factor heir
(Andrew Luster, 39) who fled in anticipation of going to prison.
Proctor told the FBI's informant that he was going to be paid $100,000
to help a criminal defendant flee the country.
There's a connection between Pellicano and Bill Pavlick,
the unlicensed private investigator Luster used in his defense - Steven
Seagal (as referenced in the March Esquire story on Pellicano). Seagal
claimed he was using Pavlick for his investigations rather than
Pellicano. That's a set-up.
Pavlick is a fired LAPD officer who drew a psycho
pension. He worked as an unlicensed investigator on the OJ Simpson and
Phil Spector cases. Pavlick is under investigation by the state of
California for unlicensed activities. He's supposed to get a PI's
license to do what he does.
Steven Seagal is an angry child. I believe he hired
Pellicano who hired Proctor to intimidate Busch. I believe Seagal is
passive-aggressive and wants to anonymously lash out at people and
Pellicano is the ideal vehicle for that sort of aggression.
Seagal's friendships with law enforcement are on a
superficial level. The FBI regards him as a punk and a sissy. Seagal
had good relations with US Customs for a long time and he functioned as
a reserve US customs agent so he could carry a gun all over the
country. But Seagal burned that connection out by acting like a schmuck
in Santa Barbara. You might recall a story about seven years ago about
Seagal date-raping his 15-year old babysitter. That burned out his law
His current connections with law enforcement have more
to do with his problems with the Gambino crime family. I doubt Seagal
will go down for the Busch threats.
Proctor could still go down in state court. The state's
version of the penal code for extortion is different from the federal
I don't think Proctor will ever give Seagal up. I don't
think Proctor ever met Seagal.
I don't think Pellicano will give anyone up unless he's
facing 20-years in prison. I expect Pellicano to serve three or four
Pellicano is a neurotic angry control freak. His career
is over. The feds have wanted him for a long time since he screwed them
over the John DeLorean case in 1983.
Marty Singer pits tabloids against each other. He'll
kill stories by promising he will get them a better story.
the BBC: The great grandson of Max Factor, Mr Luster was
arrested after a woman he met went to the police alleging he had spiked
her drink with the so-called "date rape" drug, Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate
When detectives raided his home, they say they found 17
videotapes or Mr Luster having sex with apparently unconscious women,
many of whom have yet to be identified. Detectives were reportedly
investigating whether he could have been part of an international ring
of playboy millionaires said to be known as the Bachelors, who trade
film of their date rape attacks over the internet.
Several years ago a British woman claimed that she had
fallen victim to such a gang, telling police she had been raped in a
London hotel after GHB was slipped into her drink.
Mr Luster has consistently denied the charges against
him, claiming the women on the videotapes were engaged in consensual
LA Police Sergant Suspended
For Tapping Confidential Police Database
The Los Angeles Times:
A Los Angeles police sergeant has been suspended for
allegedly tapping into confidential police databases on behalf of
Anthony Pellicano, a Hollywood private investigator who has worked for
some of the biggest names in show business, law enforcement sources
FBI agents and Los Angeles Police Department
investigators who served search warrants on Pellicano obtained records
that led to Sgt. Mark Arneson, a 29-year veteran of the force.
The logs indicated that Arneson had accessed personal
information about Anita Busch, a Los Angeles Times reporter who was
investigating actor Steven Seagal and his ties to an alleged Mafia
associate. The records Arneson had access to included Busch's driver's
license, car registration and driving record, police sources said.
Pellicano has been under investigation for alleged involvement in an
effort to threaten Busch.
The Scoop On The Chameleon
Group, Anthony Pellicano,
Ross Johnson, the last of the truth tellers, writes:
Group. The snitch that burned Alex Proctor on the Pellicano
case initially tried to shake down Jules Nasso's lawyers by giving them
the wrong lead about who whacked Anita Busch's car. The snitch was
trying to work the feds, Nasso's lawyers, and possibly the LA Times for
payment for the information. But the snitch had to sniff out the wanna
see factor, so he told the Feds and the mob lawyers that it was a bunch
of israeli muscle guys from a security agency that screwed with Busch's
car. Nasso's lawyers narrowed the search to Chameleon, which may be a
totally legit operation. (their cool web site is for those who want to
know what ex-Mossad members do when they move to Hollywood) My sources
close to the U.S. attorney's office (whose information I shuttled to
you so that you could scoop everybody on the Pellicano story) checked
out Chameleon, found out they were not to be messed with, and left it
There was one reporter at Alex Proctor's
arraignment: yours truly. I got a tip that Anthony Pellicano's
attorney, Don Re, wanted to rep Proctor, and the feds told Re that it
was a total conflict of interest. So in walks another mob lawyer, who
is there to sniff out if Proctor has any money, like cash money, to get
a defense going. Well, Pellicano didn't have a way to get cash to
Proctor, so Proctor had to use a federal public defender. Still,
Proctor didn't make a deal to rat out Pellicano on the Busch hit. Why?
The whole Busch fish caper read great in the papers, but it was a
vandalism beef, at the end of the day. Proctor is going to do a little
time on a drug beef, and he'll never rat out Pellicano.
How did I know Pellicano was in on the Busch car hit?
The mob lawyer gave me the 4-1-1 on Proctor. Proctor has worked for
Pellicano for years in Pellicano's wire tapping business. Pellicano and
Proctor go back almost twenty years.
Now let's talk about Pellicano's wire tapping business.
The only two reporters at Pellicano's first bail hearing was moi and
Gina I-forget-her-last-name from Reuters. Who did we see there? Two
very well-known lawyers, one a pit bull that's been featured in your
column and the other one of Hollywood's toughest divorce lawyers. They
ain't there out of the goodness of their heart. The message to
Pellicano was this: keep quiet and his extended family will be taken
care of while Pellicano does his bit in the pen on the explosives rap
resulting from the C-4 and hand grenades that were found in Pellicano's
The Hollywood lawyers at Pellicano's bail hearing knew
that the feds had found the transcripts of Pellicano's wiretaps done on
the behalf of the lawyer's clients.
Don't expect these transcripts to ever become part of
the public record, because Pellicano will plead guilty to the illegal
wiretapping. It's perfectly legal for lawyers to use information from a
p.i. as long as the p.i. doesn't tell them he got the information
illegally. The feds may be talking to Bert Fields et al, but nobody's
gonna roll on Pellicano because these lawyers are all one step removed
(wink-wink) from Pellicano's wiretapping.
But there is one rub. What the feds want is to get one
of Pellicano's electronic operatives to roll. Pellicano never planted
the bugs himself, he got an operative to do it. And these guys are like
Proctor, they're ghosts. They live in the shadows, like Travis Bickle.
What's the story here? The big one is how dirty stars
play when they go through a divorce. Man, it's ugly. The forensic
accounting is nothing compared to the dirt digging. Do you think for
one second Tom Cruise didn't have a full file on Nicole Kidman's every
phone conversation when they were going through a divorce?
Another thing that Pellicano is great at is illegally
wiretapping the women who sleep with stars and come back either
pregnant or psychotic. Remember the woman who sued Steven Seagal for all
sorts of stuff after she slept with him on location (you have her name,
I forget.) Nobody knew this was the same woman who had faked her own
death years earlier on an insurance fraud scam until Pellicano went to
work. And why is it that after Pellicano goes to work, all the subjects
of his investigations are suddenly under the gun for taking
anti-depressants? Read any deposition of someone suing a star that
Pellicano has worked for that star (through the star's attorney), and
it's all about the poor plaintiff looking deranged because they're
taking Xanax or Prozac. If you think Pellicano finds out about these
people's perscription drug use by anything other than wiretapping, then
you believe in the tooth fairy. Pellicano is not some great sleuth with
tons of investigators going through public records. HE gets his
information putting bugs on phones and paying off cops. That ain't shoe
leather, amigo. The reality is so far from Phillip Marlowe it's a joke.
Why am I telling you this? You owe an apology to Anita Busch. I want you to
say, "I'm sorry, Anita." How would you like to be a single woman who,
by the nature of her profession, has to be paranoid? And then goes
online at Lukeford.net to read how crazy she supposedly is? You crossed
the line, Lukie Boy. I believe in the power of the Web to get to the
truth, but you can't torture people like Anita. She was deeply hurt by
what you wrote, and she's not even a public figure.
Will Somebody Wake Up Bill
Paul Barresi writes Luke 11/15 at 44:45PM: "Punk"
XXXXXX writes: I've been on this Anthony Pellicano-Alex Proctor-Steven Seagal-Jules Nasso-Anita Busch story since
June 20, 2002. I've talked to every wacko between here and Brooklyn so
many times that I'd pretty much lost interest in the whole stupid mess.
But what I saw in today's
edition of the NY Times, in a story by-lined by Laura Holson
and Bernie Weinraub, just made me fall out of my chair.
works for Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Pellicano works for
Singer. The idea that Pellicano would hire Barresi to dig up dirt on
two of Marty Singer's favorite clients makes no sense. It's just a
pathetic attempt by someone to distance Stallone and Schwarzenegger
Will somebody wake up Bill Keller, the new executive
editor of the NY Times, and tell him there is something very, very
wrong with his reporters on this Pellicano story?
The Pellicano Brief
Vanity Fair reporter John
Connolly and Howard Blum produce a gripping article on
private detective Anthony Pellicano in the March issue.
There are no bombshells in the article but many
Connolly placed the first story in the New York Daily
News about the threat on Anita
Busch's car in June 2002. He continues his friendly
relationship with Busch in this article, placing her in a good light,
and in exchange getting details about her in that painful month. The VF
writers do not question why anybody would want to threaten Busch when
neither she nor her writing partner Paul Lieberman came up with
anything original on the Steven
Seagal - Julius Nasso
story despite weeks of work.
I can't recall the last time the LA Times broke a big
story on the entertainment industry.
"What's the happiest day in a politician's life?" asks
Mickey Kaus. "When he finds out he's being investigated by the LA
Anita's homicidal friend Dave
Robb is also placed in a heroic light and was surely a source
for the article.
Busch complained to FBI agent Stan Ornellas that her
phone was bugged, something that Pellicano could be suspected of doing.
A security expert testified at a deposition, "It is pro
forma for you to advise clients to conduct sweeps of their telephones
in any matter in which Bert Fields [leading Hollywood lawyer and
employer of Pellicano] is involved as the opposing counsel."
Bert Fields writes novels under the name D. Kincaid
about legendary attorney Harry Cain who has a close relationship with
private eye Skip Corrigan, who frequently breaks the law.
Five of Pellicano's former employees have been given
limited immunity from prosecution and are cooperating with the federal
investigation. One of them told VF: "I had been in hiding. The F.B.I.
made me leave town. I am a pivotal part of this and must watch my ass.
I have a gun in my home. My house has been damaged... He called my
paretns...and said, 'I know your daughter's testifying and that's a
damn shame.' That's when the F.B.I. told me to leave. I went to live
with my bodyguard."
A source writes: "Well the LA Times once again scoops
everyone (not). This piece is remarkable in it's lack of use of both
adjectives and adverbs, a style so typically characteristic of this
particular newspaper. It also contains a surprising number of real
facts, another riveting departure."
By David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
For the last two years, FBI computer specialists have
been combing through the equivalent of nearly 2 billion double-spaced
pages of text, enough to fill 245 rooms measuring 10-by-12-by-10 feet.
Those computer files were seized during a raid on the
Sunset Strip offices of famed private detective Anthony
Pellicano. Also confiscated were two hand grenades and a
quantity of C4 plastic explosives, resulting in a 30-month federal
prison sentence for Pellicano.
Although the contents of the files have not been
disclosed, they may be relevant to a pending federal wiretapping probe
involving Pellicano, a number of rogue police officers and some
big-name entertainment lawyers. If so, that investigation could be
significantly affected when a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals decides on a request by Pellicano's lawyers to declare
the search illegal, suppress the seized evidence and overturn his
A hearing is set for Thursday in Pasadena, but any
ruling could be months away.
The day after I publish the above story (fewer than
twelve hours later) and leave town for six days to Las Vegas, three men
in plain clothes come to the house where I live. They flash LAPD badges
to my landlady. They say they see my car. They want to speak to me.
They reveal various information about me. She says I am not home. They
want access to my place. She says no. They leave. I suspect they were
fake credentials and probably people wanting to intimidate and harass
Some Insights Into Pellicano's Life:
* Therese DeLucio, the woman he married two days before
going into prison, was a striptease dancer at a bar. He's divorcing her.
* One of his daughters has refused contact with him for
Pellicano is attempting to get released early from
federal prison. A hearing occurred on Thursday, January 13, 2005 in
Pasadena of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel
will render an opinion within three months on a request by Pellicano's
lawyer, Donald Re, to declare the search illegal, suppress the seized
evidence and overturn his conviction. If successful, this could
effectively nullify the ongoing federal probe into Pellicano's use of
wiretapping and extortion in the service of his celebrity clients.
There are essentially three facets to Pellicano's
(1) The warrant authorizing the search and seizure was
unconstitutionally overbroad in scope.
(2) The prosecution acted in bad faith when it
obtained the search warrant on grounds of a possible Hobbs Act
violation (the federal extortion statute).
(3) The grenades found in Pellicano's office were
"homemade" weapons. Precisely BECAUSE Pellicano had turned the
relatively harmless practice grenades into lethal weapons by sealing
the vent holes with adhesive plugs and filling the interior chambers
with explosive powder for his own personal use, this DOES NOT
constitute a crime because as "homemade" weapons (not intended for
sale) Congress has no jurisdiction since it's authority to tax or
regulate interstate commerce should not apply.
June 9, 2005
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal court on Thursday
ruled that prosecutors can comb through transcripts of wiretaps found
in the office of celebrity sleuth Anthony Pellicano, in a case that
could involve some of Hollywood biggest stars. The ruling by the 9th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Pellicano's argument that the
November 2002 search of his Hollywood office was illegal, and that
evidence seized there could not be used to convict him. The court also
confirmed Pellicano's conviction on charges that he had unregistered
firearms, grenades and enough plastic explosives to bring down an
airliner in a safe in the office. Pellicano, a private eye for more
than two decades, called himself a "sin eater" for Hollywood stars and
was often called on to keep his clients' names out of the press.
Pellicano faces bug charges
By Jesse Hiestand for the Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood sleuth Anthony Pellicano was charged Monday
with wiretapping and conspiracy for allegedly leading a scheme to
secretly bug the phones of Sylvester Stallone, Keith Carradine and more
than a dozen others.
The 110-count indictment against Pellicano, three
associates and three former clients also alleges racketeering and wire
fraud for the illegal access of dozens of people's criminal and driving
What remains unanswered is whether the lawyers who
hired the Pellicano Investigative Agency were aware of the wiretapping
and other tricks that, prosecutors allege, gave them a tactical
advantage in court. Authorities now hope the threat of long prison
terms will persuade the defendants to speak -- even if Pellicano
maintains his silence.
"We'll do the investigation and see what the facts
show," acting U.S. Attorney George Cardona said in announcing the case
at the agency's Los Angeles offices. "These charges allege a disturbing
pattern of criminal conduct in which money flowed freely to sworn law
enforcement officers to violate their oath and uphold the law to
provide the means for Pellicano and his associates to violate the
rights of others."
One law firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman
Machtinger & Kinsella, acknowledged Monday that attorney Bert
Fields and others used Pellicano on at least two of the cases
referenced in the indictment, adding that "if Mr. Pellicano engaged in
any illegal activity, he did so without their or the firm's knowledge
FEBRUARY 3--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. According to prosecutors, Pellicano, 61,
used contacts in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments
and at the phone company to illegally wiretap phones as well as to gain
access to the confidential National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
database. The indictment does not specify what Pellicano did with
information improperly culled from the NCIC records, which contain
detailed individual criminal histories and other law enforcement
information. Pellicano, the indictment alleges, was "responsible for
securing clients who were willing and able to pay large sums for the
purpose of obtaining personal information of a confidential,
embarrassing, or incriminating nature." While the Pellicano group's
"investigative targets" would often include "opponents or witnesses in
criminal or civil litigation," the indictment does not name any lawyers
as being part of the illegal scheme. Charged along with Pellicano is
Mark Arneson, a former LAPD officer, who allegedly was paid to tap into
the NCIC system, and Rayford Earl Turner, a retired phone company
worker who helped facilitate the bugging operation. Kevin Kachikian, a
software engineer, was indicted for allegedly designing a computer
program (dubbed "Telesleuth") which Pellicano used to wiretap
conversations of Stallone, Carradine, and dozens of others mentioned in
the indictment. Also named in the indictment is ex-cop Craig Stevens,
who allegedly took money from Pellicano in exchange for tapping into
Beverly Hills Police Department computers. Last week, Stevens pleaded
guilty to six felony counts in connection with the Pellicano scheme. A
former phone company manager, Teresa Wright, is identified in the
indictment as a Pellicano source for toll records, phone numbers, and
home addresses. On January 9, Wright pleaded guilty to a single felony
count of unauthorized access of protected computer information, a
felony. Both she and Stevens are believed to be cooperating with
federal officials. (60 pages)
to Celebrities Is Subject of Inquiry
The names cited in an indictment of private eye
Anthony Pellicano read like a road map leading to Bertram Fields and
his famous clients.
His name is nowhere in Monday's 60-page indictment of
celebrity gumshoe and alleged wiretapper Anthony Pellicano.
But the shadow of 76-year-old lawyer Bertram Fields,
who for years employed Pellicano as an investigator, looms over the
case. Listed throughout the indictment are a host of alleged victims,
including such prominent names as actor Sylvester Stallone and comic
Garry Shandling, who battled with Fields' clients.
Entertainment Lawyer Indicted in Pellicano Probe
A federal grand jury today indicted prominent Los
Angeles entertainment attorney Terry Christensen on wire-tapping and
conspiracy charges in connection with the ongoing investigation of
former private investigator Anthony Pellicano.
The two-count indictment alleged that Christensen paid
Pellicano at least $100,000 to wiretap the wife of billionaire investor
Kirk Kerkorian during a bitter child support dispute in 2002.
Authorities charge that Pellicano listened to the phone calls of Lisa
Bonder Kerkorian and shared the information with Christensen.
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.
On Friday, a lawyer involved in the case confirmed
that the celebrity divorce lawyer Dennis M. Wasser, who has handled the
marital breakups of Hollywood powerhouses like Tom Cruise, Jennifer
Lopez and Steven Spielberg, was the lawyer who government investigators
say had steered Mr. Pellicano to the lawyer for Kirk Kerkorian, the Las
Vegas mogul and former owner of MGM. The objective was "going after"
the lawyer for Mr. Kerkorian's ex-wife in their paternity and child
More than half a dozen other prominent Los Angeles
lawyers, meanwhile, have retained defense counsel in connection with
the Pellicano case. They include Charles N. Shepard, the head of
litigation at Greenberg Glusker; David S. Moriarty, a former Greenberg
Glusker associate who worked on several cases in which Mr. Fields was
the lead partner and Mr. Pellicano was the investigator; and Daniel G.
Davis, a Beverly Hills criminal lawyer who gained fame in the 1980's
representing the main defendant in the McMartin preschool child
Chris Rock Turned to Pellicano in '99 Suit
The private eye allegedly checked police files on a
model who filed a paternity claim.
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.
Pellicano’s Unsung Targets
website by Nomi Fredrick was named best website of the month
by the May issue of Los Angeles magazine.
an excerpt from April 25:
Anthony Pellicano committed many heinous crimes, the
least of which is probably wiretapping. So why is the present media
hullabaloo about the disgraced P.I. concerned primarily with the rich
people he snooped on for other rich people? Frankly, who really cares?
...Let me share some of the stories I’ve learned since
doing this website and blog…and no, I will never give out names. There
was the unwed mother who had a history of drug use who Pellicano kept
in servitude to a certain producer by threatening to report her to
Child Services. There was a screenwriter whose handicapped child was
directly intimidated. There was an optician who knew too much and was
stalked and hounded till she lost her professional license and custody
of her children. There was a paralegal that was raped and desperately
keeps trying to just get on with her life. There was a professional
musician who was involved in a certain famous murder, who endlessly has
gone on Internet discussions since 1995, searching for someone, anyone,
to believe his story.
Page Six May 3, 2006:
Los Angeles Times has never been known for aggressive
coverage of Hollywood's dirty laundry, but its out-to-lunch performance
in the Anthony Pellicano case has Tinseltown folks scratching their
heads. The paper has been scooped regularly in its own back yard by the
New York Times. "This is the biggest scandal in the history of the
entertainment business, and the L.A. Times has completely dropped the
ball," said an insider. "Is it just that they are lame, or have
important people leaned on them to lay off?" Private eye Pellicano was
arrested in 2002 after FBI agents raided his office and found
explosives in his safe. The feds also confiscated a huge cache of
illegal wiretaps, which has led to the indictment of 14 others. Some of
the biggest names in Hollywood have been questioned and may face
charges. The N.Y. Times, which has been leaked transcripts of FBI
interviews, has detailed Pellicano's relationships with CAA founder
Michael Ovitz, lawyers Bert Fields and Dennis Wasser, Paramount boss
Brad Grey and Universal chief Ron Meyer. The L.A. Times hasn't broken
any stories. There was a rumor the paper was hamstrung because it had a
relationship with Pellicano, but a spokesman told us, "The Los Angeles
Times has never hired Anthony Pellicano."
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 [Proctor] he allegedly hired
to threaten a Los Angeles Times reporter.
...But records and interviews show that Proctor, 62,
was moved in recent months from a federal prison in Greenville, Ill.,
to a federal facility in southeast Georgia, where he continues to serve
a 10-year sentence for drug trafficking.
They also show that the purported plot was uncovered
early this year when Pellicano was about to be released from a prison
near Bakersfield on explosives charges stemming from the November 2002
search of his office, where FBI agents found two illegally modified
hand grenades and C4 plastic explosives.
December 17, 2007
Los Angeles Times reports (Greg Krikorian and Chuck Philips):
Attorneys allege that a 35-year veteran of the
federal agency included false information in an affidavit.
...In requesting the search, [FBI agent Stanley]
Ornellas contended that Pellicano
ex-convict to try to frighten two journalists out of writing
unflattering stories about actor Steven
Seagal. In one of the incidents, then-Los Angeles Times
M. Busch found a dead fish and a red rose on the punctured
windshield of her car below a note that read: "Stop!"
The affidavit suggested Seagal had been implicated in the scheme. The
actor was never charged, and federal authorities have privately told
reporters they have no persuasive evidence against him, although the
FBI has not publicly cleared him.
The defense says Ornellas failed to disclose false statements by the
ex-convict. An informant taped the ex-convict saying he shot a bullet
through Busch's windshield and left a fish in a plastic pan on the