Anthony Pellicano found guilty
Convicted of racketeering, conspiracyBy Leslie Simmons
May 15, 2008, Hollywood Reporter
Anthony 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 Staff
Wednesday, Nov.12, 2003 10:58 a.m. EST
Pellicano 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 of hand grenades and, in the words of one agent, enough plastique explosive to "take out a 747."
But Left Coast celebs may not be the only folks currently losing sleep over Pellicano - especially since news broke late last week that he had the habit of illegally wiretapping the targets of his investigations.
Besides causing trouble for headliners like Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson, Kevin Costner and dozens of other stars, Pellicano's tapes could easily expose a certain political power couple to a new round of scrutiny, just as one of them sets the stage for a future presidential run.
Though the American press insists on not reporting this inconvenient detail, Anthony Pellicano was first hired by Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1992 in a bid to discredit Gennifer Flowers' steamy tape recordings of conversations with Mr. Clinton. As noted in Ron Kessler's 1995 best seller, "Inside the White House," "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.
Arguing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year, Flowers' Judicial Watch attorneys tied Pellicano directly to the first lady-turned-New York senator, telling the court: "Anthony Pellicano was a private investigator hired by Mrs. Clinton herself. And he's the one who did the analysis of the tapes."
The court ruled in Flowers' favor, allowing the lawsuit to proceed.
But that isn't the only time Pellicano has been linked to the Clintons.
Four days after the Monica Lewinsky story broke in January 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 at the time. Sexgate provocatuer Lucianne Goldberg told Peyser that Pellicano's services were bought and paid for by the Clinton White House.
When Peyser confronted the "investigator to the stars" with Goldberg's claim, he didn't deny it. "You're a smart girl. No comment," Pellicano told the Post reporter. Indeed, the tough-talking private eye makes no bones about his hardball tactics. He claimed to carry a baseball bat, not a gun, as his weapon of choice and once told the Los Angeles Times, "I only use intimidation and fear when I absolutely have to."
Interestingly enough, some of Pellicano's targets, like former Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch and one-time "Hard Copy" correspondent Dina Dimond, report break-ins and property vandalism, the kind of problems encountered by Clinton accusers like Flowers, Sally Perdue, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick.
If "the Pelican's" tapes include any information on his work for the former first couple, Hollywood celebrities won't be the only folks sweating bullets.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Anthony Pellicano found guilty