In a ruling that sets the stage for a courtroom showdown between Mike Ovitz and Deadline’s film editor Anita Busch, a LA Superior Court judge ruled against the former CAA co-owner’s statute of limitations defense in the longstanding Anthony Pellicano case.”Ovitz has not met his burden to demonstrate that, at the time of filing the original Complaint in May of 2004, Plaintiff had knowledge of actual facts to cause a reasonable person to believe that liability on the part of Ovitz for the torts alleged was probable,” said Judge Elihu M Berle in today’s ruling (read it here).
This goes back to the June 20, 2002, incident where Busch, working for the Los Angeles Times, found a dead fish and rose on her damaged windshield with the scrawled message “STOP”. Busch alleged other instances of harassment, computer hacking, illegal wiretapping and threats. This led back to private investigator Pellicano, and what became one of the largest illegal wiretapping case in the history of the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI. Read More »
Good news today for Deadline readers! Our new film editor, Anita Busch, takes over the weekend box office report. Which means my month long stint as a semi-professional box office pundit has mercifully come to an end. While my straight ahead … Read More »
Michael Ovitz Sued For Owing $203K Legal Fees In Pellicano Scandal
Journalist and attorney Allison Hope Weiner is a special correspondent to Deadline and files this exclusive report:
Although former Hollywood private eye and convicted wiretapper Anthony Pellicano is
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Today the retired FBI agent who led the Pellicano investigation testified that he believed Ovitz’s hiring of the Hollywood private-eye led to that June 2002 fish-rose-&-note warning left on Anita Busch’s Audi. But Stan Ornellas stopped short of saying Ovitz specifically ordered the June 2002 … Read More »
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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Former freelance writer Anita Busch was sobbing on the witness stand as she was questioned first by Asst U,.S. Atty Daniel Saunders, and then by the defense, including defendant Anthony Pellicano. … Read More »
The New York Times interview with ex-Hollywood reporter/editor Anita Busch is such a non-story that it’s embarrassing not only in its hype but also in its omissions. For one thing, I wrote this identical … Read More »