In Hollywood Hot Water
Thanks to the Private Eye to the Stars...
There are probably two private detectives who are considered
the leading private eyes for the stars: Former NYPD detective
Bo Dietl on the east coast, and Anthony
Pellicano on the west coast.
Of the two
only one -- Tony Pellicano -- is the subject of an ongoing
federal investigation into illegal wiretapping by a high-profile
private detective in Hollywood known as The Pelican. Two witnesses
-- his ex-girlfriend, and the other police officer -- on Tuesday
pleaded guilty to having lied to a grand jury about the detective's
use of wiretaps and other illegal tactics.
one coming from the former wife of the actor Keith Carradine,
add grist for the mill of a criminal case that some suspect
will rise into the highest echelons of the Hollywood elite.
When the investigation first began, the studio establishment
in Los Angeles was on the edge of their seats. Suddenly The
Pelican's client list became a list of suspects for the feds.
Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National
Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at
a New York City housing project in Washington Heights
nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering
the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as
director of public safety at a New Jersey university. He's
also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained
police and security officers throughout the country. He
writes for many police and crime magazines including
Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus
Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared
as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news
and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN
Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume
The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com,
and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a
bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of
arts in public administration and he's a board certified
protection professional. [go to Kouri index]
At the center
of this blossoming investigation is Anthony Pellicano. Until
the time the police raided his Hollywood offices in 2002, he
was hailed as one of the most successful private detectives
in the city, with a roster of clients that included A-list
actors and some of the industry's most important lawyers who
represent Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson and many
other showbiz bigwigs.
is already in prison on federal charges of possessing explosives
and grenades at his office, although he is due to be released
on parole next month. So far, the federal government has filed
no new charges against him, but federal investigators aren't
finished with their widening probe.
was also suspected of being retained by Bill and Hillary Clinton
as part of their network of goons who harassed women who were
considered a political liability for Bill Clinton while he
was president. The well-paid private eye may have been involved
in the Clintons' clandestine activities such as digging up
dirt on those they deemed a threat.
began in 2002 when a reporter for the Los Angeles Times returned
to her automobile one day, to find a fish with a rose painted
in its mouth on the roof of the car. She understood the symbolism
of the fish as a sign from the Mafia or some wannabe that she
would "sleep with the fishes." In addition, the windshield
was smashed to make it look like it had been pierced by a bullet.
She found a simple written message: "Stop!"
had been reporting on the case involving the actor Steven Seagal
and a purported Mafia operative named Julius Nasso. Police
investigators said the fish had been planted by an ex-convict
named Alexander Proctor. They charged him and then became suspicious
that he had done it at the behest of Pellicano, head of the
Pellicano Investigative Agency Ltd.
At that point,
armed with warrants, investigators raided the company offices
and found more than they had hope for. They found dangerous
explosives as well as $200,000 in gold bullion, cash and jewelry.
In addition, the investigators found evidence on Pellicano's
computers that he was illegally wiretapping people on behalf
of his clients. Even more disturbing, they discovered that
Pellicano managed to gain access to police data on individuals.
a girlfriend of Pellicano and herself an actress, admitted
that Pellicano had secretly wiretapped the telephone of her
former husband. Her ex, Keith Carradine, now dates another
actress, Hayley DuMond. The illegal wiretaps occurred during
a fierce divorce battle over child custody. Sandra told investigators
and prosecutors that she will cooperate with their investigation
of Pellicano. Her lawyer claims that the reason she first lied
when asked about the wiretapping was to protect her boyfriend.
guilty plea in the case was from a member of the Beverly Hills
Police Department, who admitted that he had lied to the grand
jury about illegally accessing files from police data bases
and peddling the information to Pellicano.
Stevens resigned from the police force last Friday. He faces
over 30 years in prison, while the prison term for Ms. Carradine
could reach as much as 10 years.
to the British newspaper, The Independent, with Ms.
Carradine and the ex-police officer now committed to cooperating
in the investigation, prosecutors may move swiftly to close
the net on the man known as The Pelican. A lawyer for Pellicano
insisted this week, however, that his client would maintain
his silence, as he has in prison.
won't work -- I don't care how much they pressure him," said
Victor Sherman. "He's not going to bend."
One of Pellicano's
lawyer clients, Bert Fields, continues to maintain that while
he has been questioned by investigators, he had no knowledge
of any illegal wiretapping.
But the details
of the data theft given up by Mr. Stevens may draw Mr. Fields
deeper into the affair. He said he sold protected information
to Pellicano concerning a former Hollywood producer and gubernatorial
candidate in Nevada named Aaron Russo, as well three of his
relatives. Mr. Russo was being sued at the time by a New York
asset manager, who had hired Mr. Fields, according to The
representing Mr. Fields, John Keker, said his client was in
the clear. "Bert Fields is completely innocent of any
wrongdoing," he said. That remains to be seen.
York City's Bo Dietl is an upstanding private investigator
and security manager with tremendous credibility here and abroad,
his counterpart in Los Angeles is the stereotypical sleazy
private eye, perhaps as sleazy as the folks who hire him including
the Clintons. How ironic it is that Bill and Hillary have so
much in common with Hollywood crowd; including their chose
for a private eye. -one-
Sources: Santa Ana, CA Police Department, Federal Bureau of
Investigation, US Attorney's Office, California Highway Patrol,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, National Association
of Chiefs of Police, American Federation of Police
2006 Jim Kouri