The Pellicano Trial: Back From Easter, the Hollywood Witnesses Keep on ComingMon Mar 24, 2008 @ 10:11PM PST
Posted by Leslie Simmons
Back from a four-day Easter break, the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering trial resumes tomorrow with testimony from an eclectic group of prospective witnesses. Among the names the U.S. Attorney’s Office plans to call Tuesday:
- Chuck Roven: A producer and partner in Mosaic Media, Roven's (left) credits include the upcoming “The Dark Knight,” as well as “Scooby-Doo,” “Three Kings” and “Rollerball.” Roven and director John McTiernan got into a legal tussle during which McTiernan allegedly hired Pellicano, who is accused of wiretapping Roven's phone. (McTiernan, by the way, was charged with lying to federal agents about knowing Pellicano. He later admitted he hired him, pleaded guilty in April 2006 and was sentenced last September to four months in the federal pen and a $100,000 fine. Despite that guilty plea, McTiernan is now appealing and blaming his former attorney, John Carlton, for not advising him of possible defenses.)
- Erin Finn: According to the Enterprise Report blog, Finn is the government’s "key witness." But who is she? “Finn’s resume runs the gamut from model, to escort, housesitter and Internet tech geek with her own Web presence; with a site for guys who like their Web woman techno savvy and attractive.” She tells ERS that the feds used her to get information from Pellicano by meeting him for dinner and even setting him up on a double date to the opera. During those outings, Pellicano would try to persuade her to recant her deposition testimony against Pfeifer. Finn also runs her own Web site, www.brainyblonde.com. Her most recent posting is from March 18, in which she writes, “As some of you might know I’ve been dealing with the press lately with a very exciting matter. I’m not able to ‘talk’ yet but promise in the weeks to come I will be ;) Just hang in there, Mizz Blonde.”
- Suzan Hughes: The ex-wife of the late Mark Hughes, who built the Herbalife empire. She is a former Pellicano client and, according to the private eye’s former employee Lily LeMasters, she hired him to get more money after her divorce. (The Hugheses were married for a decade and have one son, the sole Herbalife heir). The feds claim Pellicano tapped Mark Hughes’ phone as part of Suzan’s quest for more money. By then, the Herbalife founder had remarried, tying the knot with Darcy LaPier, the ex-wife of Jean Claude VanDamme. Hughes died suddenly in 2000 of an accidental overdose of alcohol and the prescription anti-depresant Doxepin. His estate has since filed suit against Pellicano and others over the alleged wiretapping.