TMZ, Steven Seagal Sued for Sexual Assault, Trafficking, published on April 12th, 2010:
Relationship to #Pizzagate
Connection to Private Investigator, Anthony Pellicano
From the Vanity Fair article, Talk of the Town, by Bryan Burrough and John Connolly, published in June 2006:
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:
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.)