Gary Shandling's ex recalls 'bad guy' threats
It wasn’t the performance many thought she’d give, but actress Linda Doucett arguably uttered one of the most memorable lines of the Anthony Pellicano trial to date.
“You’re the only bad guy I’ve ever known who ever investigated me,” she told Pellicano under cross-examination by the former private eye, who is representing himself during the trial.
Doucett’s nervous testimony came days after her former fiance Garry Shandling took the witness stand to discuss how Pellicano illegally obtained personal information and wiretapped his phone calls during his lawsuit against former manager Brad Grey involving payment around “The Larry Sanders Show.”
The actress, a regular on the HBO series for several seasons, also found herself being investigated by Pellicano during the lawsuit.
Prosecutors showed the jury reports containing Doucett’s DMV records and other personal information, as well as a map of where she was living in Temecula, compiled by Pellicano Investigative Agency from police database searches allegedly conducted by former LAPD officer Mark Arneson.
During testimony, Doucett also recalled a threatening phone call she received after speaking to the FBI about the case. The caller warned that if she continued speaking with authorities or the press, “you won’t see your child anymore.” The call allegedly originated from a warehouse in Pomona.
It was just one of several threatening situations reported by witnesses during the day that resulted from Pellicano’s alleged involvement.
Earlier Wednesday, Jude Green, the former wife of investment banker Leonard Green, testified that Pellicano followed her to a dog grooming facility in Santa Monica and then to a Peet’s Coffee & Tea, where he blocked her car in with his Mercedes. Inside the coffee shop, he also supposedly started shoving her in line.
“You shoved me with your folded little arms,” Green said. When asked by Pellicano what she did after that, Green sniped, “I turned around and said, ‘Get the fuck away from me.’ Remember that?”
The incident took place while Green was suing her husband for divorce in 2000 and found herself facing a $25 million countersuit filed by Bert Fields for “economic interference” in Green’s business.
Three weeks into the trial, Pellicano continued to prove just why someone shouldn’t represent himself in court.
During cross-examination of witnesses Wednesday, he frequently asked questions that elicited answers that could only hurt his defense.
For example, when he asked his former assistant Lily LeMasters who “specifically” asked her not to include Arneson’s name in case files, she flatly said that it was Pellicano himself. When he proceeded to ask if there was a lot of shredding going on of files provided by Arneson, she said, “All the time.”
And while questioning Doucett, Pellicano couldn’t stop the actress from demanding some answers to her own questions, including “Why did you investigate me?”
Flustered, Pellicano immediately ended his cross-examination of her and took his seat.
Pellicano did manage to raise some doubts about whether LeMasters knew every little detail about what occurred within the agency.
She acknowledged to Pellicano that she didn’t specifically know what was contained in the database of phone numbers that were supplied by former SBC and Pac Bell employee Rayford Earl Turner. She also never saw transcripts of wiretapped calls and didn’t know the nature of the wiretapped calls fellow co-worker Tarita Virtue worked on. She was never present during meetings held between Pellicano and Arneson, nor did she see Pellicano pay Arneson or Turner the cash she had previously testified they regularly received.
Arneson’s defense attorney, Chad Hummel, also managed to raise questions in his defense.
For example, Hummel pointed out that Arneson “wasn’t taking steps to disguise” where he was sending his faxes from. They either came from the LAPD or his home, witnesses have said.
Hummel also pushed witnesses to suggest that any personal information that appeared in Pellicano’s case files could have originated from other people or places.
Doucett’s license plate number or other personal information could have come from the studio lots where she worked while filming “The Larry Sanders Show,” he suggested.
Overall, the Pellicano trial has yet to become the high-profile Hollywood affair industryites thought it might turn into. The prosecution’s case against Pellicano and the four co-defendants isn’t wowing Judge Dale S. Fischer, either.
Once jurors had left the courtroom on Wednesday, the presiding judge told prosecutors, “This is really lengthy and boring.”