HOLLYWOOD — Although the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed charges Friday against Anthony Pellicano, one-time private investigator to the stars, the status of the wiretapping investigation that riveted Hollywood is unknown.
Pellicano and Alexander Proctor, a man Pellicano allegedly hired, were charged with threatening then-Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch, who was working on a story about alleged ties between action star Steven Seagal and the mob.
As recounted in the criminal complaint, on June 10, 2002, Busch found a dead fish with a rose in its mouth on the windshield of her car along with a note with the word “stop.”
Although Proctor claimed he was working on behalf of Seagal, Seagal and his attorney have denied any involvement in the incident. Only Pellicano and Proctor have been charged in connection with the alleged threats.
In the course of investigating the threats against Busch, investigators raided Pellicano’s office and discovered plastic explosives and two illegal hand grenades. They also discovered computer files indicating that Pellicano had conducted extensive illegal wiretaps.
Pellicano is currently serving 30 months in federal prison for possession of the illegal weapons. A grand jury was convened to investigate whether Pellicano conducted the wiretaps with the knowledge or at the direction of his high-profile clients. Since 2002, several prominent Hollywood figures, including entertainment attorney Bert Fields, have been questioned by the FBI. No charges have been filed against Pellicano or anyone else in connection with the wiretaps.
In filing the charges Friday, the DA’s office shed little light on the apparently ongoing federal investigation into the wiretaps, other than to state that the FBI has been investigating Pellicano since Busch was threatened in 2002 and it was recently determined that the charges relating to the threats should be handled by state prosecutors.