Pellicano the only bad man she knew, actress testifies
Ex-Shandling fiancee tells of threatLinda Doucett, an actress and former fiancee of comedian Garry Shandling, told Anthony Pellicano that he was the only "bad man" she knew, she testified Wednesday in the former private eye's wiretapping and racketeering trial.
Doucett was responding to cross-examination by Pellicano, who is representing himself, regarding a threatening phone call she received in 2003.
Doucett ("The Larry Sanders Show") was a witness for the prosecution. She testified that in 2003 she received a call from someone who told her, "If you talk to your friend (FBI Agent) Stan (Ornellas), or the press, you won't be seeing your child anymore."
Even though Doucett had long ago broken up with Shandling, she believed the phone call was connected to his lawsuit against former manager Brad Grey and that Pellicano had something to do with it.
The call came not long after the FBI had contacted her about Pellicano and the possibility she had been wiretapped and on the same day she received a phone call from a reporter at the Los Angeles Times requesting an interview. She testified that she declined the interview and did not recall the reporter's name.
Doucett, who often seemed nervous during her testimony, told Pellicano that in her heart she knew he was connected to the phone call. "You're just the only bad guy I know," she said. "People I know don't call and threaten me. And I just looked at all the information you looked up on me."
"Why did you investigate me?" she asked. Pellicano turned to U.S. District Court Judge Dale Fischer to admonish Doucett. The judge told Pellicano to just ask another question.
Doucett was referring to a 1999 report shown to her by the prosecution. The report, on Pellicano letterhead, was sent to attorney Patricia Millett before Doucett gave a deposition. Millett at the time was an associate of Grey's attorney Bert Fields. The report included Doucett's personal information, including Social Security number, driver's license number, past and present addresses, a criminal history check and her vehicle information. Much of the information is public record.
A great deal of Wednesday was spent on testimony by witnesses who were part of a rape trial of a Los Angeles businessman who had hired Pellicano. The man was acquitted of the rape charges.
Perhaps the star witness of the day was Judy Green, the ex-wife of investor Leonard Green, who died in 2002.
The investor had hired high-profile divorce attorney Dennis Wasser to represent him. He also hired Fields to sue his ex-wife for $25 million, claiming she interfered with his business, and he paid Pellicano $25,000 at one point.
Judy Green testified that in the midst of the divorce proceedings she had a disturbing encounter with Pellicano just once, when she was dropping her dog off at a groomer in Santa Monica. Green claimed Pellicano blocked her car, got out of his own, and leaned against the beige Mercedes-Benz with his arms crossed. He then followed her to the groomer where he gave a "menacing" stare through the shop's windows.
"You folded your arms and stared at me and leaned against your car," Green testified.
Green claims Pellicano followed her to a coffee shop, stood in line just behind her, arms folded, and began to bump into her.
"You followed me in there and stated pushing me with your little folded arms and you shoved me," she testified. "I told you, 'Get the fuck away from me.' Do you remember that?"
Because of Pellicano, Green testified, she went through several attorneys during her divorce. Her first, Beverly Hills divorce lawyer Stephen Kolodny, left after he learned from Wasser that "Pellicano was on the case," she said.
Kolodny told her to buy a crosscut shredder because Pellicano "runs family law" and there's nothing she could do about it.
" 'You need to watch your phones, watch your back and watch your garbage.' That's what he said," Green said.
Green then hired attorneys Robert Nachshin and Scott Weston. But she fired them after losing a child support hearing in which Nachshin appeared flustered and nervous. She said she later learned that Pellicano had approached Nachshin before the hearing and told the lawyer, "There's an easy way to make money and a hard way. You make the choice. Don't go in and argue for support. I will settle this case."
She later received a letter indicating that Pellicano would "negotiate" a settlement the case, but she refused. "I don't want anything to do with a lawyer that has something to do with you," she said.