I’ve just learned the name of the “studio president” not identified by Vanity Fair who contributed money to an effort to raise $$$ for Pellicano’s kids when Pellicano was arrested in November 2002 — even after word of the P.I.’s wiretapping got out. He is Universal Studios President/COO Ron Meyer.
Also, I’m told the “producer” not identified by VF who also contributed is Madonna’s one-time manager Freddie DeMann.
VF reports that attorney Bert Fields spearheaded the fund-raising. But I’ve learned Meyer was that president of a major studio who told VF he gave testimony before the grand jury and recalled that Fields told him, “Anthony has no money, and he’s not going to be able to take care of his kids. A group of us should pitch in and do something for him.” It also was Meyer who tells Vanity Fair that he and Pellicano subsequently spoke, “[and] he gave me a list of people to call.” VF reports that the list numbered 20 to 30 people, and was a Who’s Who of Hollywood power players, including Michael Ovitz and Jerry Bruckheimer. Several of them promised to contribute, but as word of the wiretapping probe spread, the magazine reports that all but the studio prez — whom I’m identifying as Meyer — and a producer — whom I’m identifying as DeMann –dropped out. If you’re keeping a scorecard, you’ll remember that Meyer also visited Pellicano in prison.
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