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Gene Maddaus Senior Media Writer @GeneMaddaus FOLLOW Gene's Most Recent Stories Hollywood Fixer Anthony Pellicano Released From Federal Prison ‘Leaving Neverland’ Lawsuit Proves to Be a Judicial Hot Potato Florida Man Pleads Guilty in CNN Pipe Bomb Case View All Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Show more sharing options LinkedIn WhatsApp Print Pin It Tumblr CREDIT: Nick Ut/AP/REX/Shutterstock Anthony Pellicano, the Hollywood private eye whose wiretapping case riveted the industry a decade ago, was released from a federal prison on Friday, a prison spokeswoman confirmed.
At the time, Busch had been investigating a story about actor Steven Seagals Mafia ties, when she walked out of her home one morning to find a bullet hole through her windscreen, a dead fish with a rose in its mouth on the bonnet, and the word Stop written on a piece of cardboard.
Famed Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano is set to be released from prison
Pellicano was sentenced in 2008 to 15 years, following his conviction on 78 charges of wiretapping, racketeering, conspiracy and wire fraud. He had been in custody since 2003, and was most recently serving his sentence at Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution in San Pedro, a low security facility.
Pellicano worked for some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Michael Ovitz, Brad Grey and Michael Jackson. In 2002, federal agents raided his office and discovered practice grenades and C-4 explosives. Pellicano was arrested and served 30 months for possession of dangerous materials.
On Saturday, Anthony Pellicano, 75, will be released from the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution in San Pedro, California, having been convicted of 78 counts of wiretapping, intimidation and racketeering more than a decade ago.
In 2006, he was indicted on 110 counts, which alleged a widespread scheme of wiretapping and conducting illegal background checks. His 2008 trial featured testimony from Ovitz, Grey, attorney Bert Fields, producer Charles Roven and comedians Chris Rock and Garry Shandling. Pellicano represented himself at trial. After 10 days of deliberation, he was convicted on 76 of 77 counts.
He was later convicted of wiretapping Lisa Bonder Kerkorian during her child-support battle with billionaire mogul Kirk Kerkorian.
Pellicano bribed phone company employees and LAPD and Beverly Hills police officers in order to access confidential information. The government alleged that Pellicano’s enterprise went far beyond the charges presented in court, and that he made millions of dollars by illegally violating his targets’ privacy.
“On the contrary, the recordings seized from defendant’s computers reflect the utter enjoyment that he experienced as he invaded every facet of his investigative target’s lawfully protected privacy, speaking derisively about his victims and cackling about how he intended to destroy them,” the prosecutors wrote.
Pellicano’s defense argued that the 15-year sentence was excessive. “Illegal wiretapping and invasions of privacy have been an unfortunate part of life for decades,” Pellicano’s attorney wrote.