Anthony Pellicano

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Anthony Pellicano



Anthony Pellicano (born March 22, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois) is a former high-profile Los Angeles private investigator. He has served a term of thirty months in a federal prison for illegal possession of explosives, firearms and homemade grenades, and in 2008 began serving time in prison for subsequent convictions for crimes, including racketeering and wiretapping.

Additional Relevant Facts

Additional article with background information: TIME, Anthony Pellicano, by Gilbert Cruz, published on December 14th, 2008:[1]

2002 Litigation

Docket Report: File:Anthony Pellicano 2002 Docket Report.pdf

2005 Litigation

2005 Indictment: File:Pellicano 2005 Indictment.pdf

Docket Report: File:Anthony Pellicano 2005 Docket Report.pdf

Relationship to #Pizzagate

Connection to Ronald Burkle

Connection to Steve Bing

Connection to alleged child molester, Michael Jackson

From the Vanity Fair article, Talk of the Town, by Bryan Burrough and John Connolly, published in June 2006:[2]

He was Hollywood's best-kept secret. Until 1993. That was the year Pellicano emerged from the shadows onto the national stage, taking high-profile roles on behalf of movie executive Michael Nathanson, who hired him to show he "never did business … on any level" with Heidi Fleiss, and Michael Jackson, for whom he spearheaded the defense against a 13-year-old boy's allegations of child molestation, by digging up embarrassing information about the boy's family. For following and monitoring scores of witnesses and reporters, Pellicano received not only a Mercedes but a $2 million fee, his best payday ever. The Jackson case, during which Pellicano appeared at a press conference with Howard Weitzman to vilify the accuser's family, spawned profiles in The Washington Post and People. The 1992 GQ piece, by Peter Wilkinson, also fired the Pellicano legend. In it, Pellicano admitted accessing certain databases "without permission." Asked how he handled a client's cocaine-addled son, Pellicano answered, "I just used a bat."

Pellicano says Jackson did something worse to young boys than molest them

From the Daily Mail article, Jailed hacker to the stars Anthony Pellicano claims Michael Jackson did 'far worse than molest young boys' , by Donna McConnell, published on August 9th, 2011:[3]

Pellicano revealed why he allegedly dropped the King of Pop as a client, after being hired to investigate one of the families accusing the singer in the 2003 child molestation case.

He claimed he told Jackson he would only work for him if he wasn't guilty.

'I said, "You don't have to worry about cops or lawyers. If I find out anything, I will f*** you over",' he said.

'I quit after I found out some truths. 

'He did something far worse to young boys than molest them.'

But the investigator did not elaborate on his sensational claim.

Connection to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton

From the ABC News article, Hollywood Hacker Anthony Pellicano Gives Jailhouse Interview, by Luchina Fisher, published on August 9th, 2011 :[4]

Bill and Hillary Clinton

Pellicano's reach extended beyond Hollywood, reputedly into the upper echelon of politics.

Conservatives have long claimed that the Clintons hired Pellicano to investigate Gennifer Flowers during the 1992 campaign and Monica Lewinsky after Bill Clinton became president.

Pellicano didn't seem to dispute that when he told Newsweek that he chose to take his chances in court rather than rat out former clients and cut a deal with prosecutors.

"It was either I talked or go to jail and accept it like a man," he said. "I could have gone to the Clintons and senators and asked them for a favor. I am not going to ask them for a favor. You take your lumps and go on with your life the best way you can."

Connection to alleged sex offender and trafficker, Steven Seagal

From the Vanity Fair article, Talk of the Town, by Bryan Burrough and John Connolly, published in June 2006:[5]

That same August, Vanity Fair's Ned Zeman, who was investigating one of Pellicano's former clients, actor Steven Seagal, was driving through Laurel Canyon when a dark Mercedes displayed a flashing light in his rearview mirror. When Zeman rolled down his window, the Mercedes pulled up beside him. The passenger rolled down his window and rapped a pistol on the side of his car. Then he pointed it at Zeman. "Stop," he said, and pulled the trigger. The gun wasn't loaded. "Bang," he said.

A few weeks later the aging detective's divorce went through, and he lost his family for good. Two months after that the F.B.I. raided his office, and nothing in Hollywood will ever, ever be the same.

From the NY Times article, Vanity Fair and the Private Eye, by David Carr, published on April 7th, 2008:[6]

The case got its start after a search warrant was issued for his reported involvement in threats against two journalists.

He was accused of ordering up a threat against Anita M. Busch, a reporter who was working for The Los Angeles Times on an article about the actor Steven Seagal, one of Mr. Pellicano’s clients, in June 2002. Mr. Pellicano was accused of having a fish and a rose placed in her car along with a bullet-size hole in the windshield ( Ms. Busch also wrote articles for The New York Times, and Bernard Weinraub, a former reporter for The New York Times, was reportedly harassed by associates of Mr. Pellicano as well).


(In his trial, Mr. Pellicano is accused of tapping Ms. Busch’s phone, among others, but he has not been charged in connection with the Zeman incident.)

Connection to Michael Ovitz

The Huffington Post, Pellicano Trial: What They Didn't Ask Michael Ovitz, by Allison Hope Weiner, published on April 22, 2008:[7]

Connection to Courtney Love