Hollywood P.I. Anthony Pellicano had whack-y plan, client says
BY NANCY DILLON
DAILY NEWS WEST COAST BUREAU CHIEF
Wednesday, April 2nd 2008
LOS ANGELES - Accused Hollywood wiretapper Anthony Pellicano allegedly offered to whack a Hollywood producer for a Manhattan millionaire, according to bombshell testimony Tuesday.
In an account that seemed straight out of a "Godfather" movie, Manhattan hedge fund manager Adam Sender said Pellicano made the offer to kill during a face-to-face meeting at Sender's second home in L.A.'s ritzy Bel Air section.
This accusation was a serious step up from the slashed tires and late-night prank calls attributed to Pellicano by other witnesses.
Sender testified that he paid Pellicano a cool $500,000 to wiretap Russo in 2001 and 2002. He said Russo, a former Nevada gubernatorial candidate, owed him $1.1 million for a movie deal that never materialized.
The private investigator is on trial on wiretapping and bribery charges but not for conspiracy to commit murder.