EXCLUSIVE: It looks like this month’s upcoming trial of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano isn’t going to disappoint. I’m told that big names from past and present in the entertainment biz like Paramount chief Brad Grey, Universal President/COO Ron Meyer, superlawyer Bert Fields and 7 partners from his Greenberg Glusker law firm, producer Chuck Roven, actors Sylvester Stallone and Garry Shandling, and perhaps most intriguing of all Michael Ovitz have received subpoenas to be possible witnesses for the government when the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles finally brings The Pelican and his five co-defendants, including bigtime showbiz lawyer Terry Christensen (who’s surprisingly going to be represented by his bigtime legal partner Patty Glaser), to trial on February 27th. Now, remember, these guys aren’t targets in this case, and they may not even be asked to testify, and there could be other famous names beyond these. (For instance, film director John McTiernan has already been sentenced to four months in prison for perjury.)
But if the above names do take the stand, I can’t wait to hear what they have to say. I’m told that Pellicano who’s acting as his own lawyer has already had that opportunity because yesterday he received the prosecution’s so-called “Jencks Material” which include statements made by government witnesses or prospective government witnesses. So Anthony can get busy reading what all these Hollywood heavies are saying about him, the case, and everyone else in the entertainment biz. Yes, it was easy to forget that this court case still existed given how many, many times the trial has been postponed. (Three in all…) The feds expect to take 5 to 6 weeks to present evidence. The feeling is that the total length of the trial will be 9 to 10 weeks. Meanwhile, Pellicano, who has pleaded not guilty, continues to sit in jail.
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