Pellicano reportedly gave info to Kerkorian lawyer
EmptyIndicted Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano shared information gained during a suspected wiretap with a lawyer representing billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, the New York Times reported.
The revelation came from secret recordings that Pellicano made of his own telephone conversations with attorney Terry Christensen, the paper reported Wednesday.
In the recordings, obtained by the New York Times, Christensen stopped short of saying he told Kerkorian that Pellicano was using wiretaps.
But the lawyer said he was providing Kerkorian with details of his ex-wife's private conversations with lawyers, relatives and friends during a child-support and paternity battle, the tapes indicate.
The New York Times does not say how the recordings were obtained.
Kerkorian, who will turn 90 in June, has not been accused of any wrongdoing in the federal indictment naming Pellicano and other defendants.
The tapes indicate that Christensen assured the private eye that Kerkorian was grateful for the intimate information.
"Tell me that the old man has a smile on his face," Pellicano said on May 14, 2002, the newspaper reported.
"He does, OK? He's happy," Christensen said. "Our jaw is still hanging down."
Fourteen people have been charged in the case, with six pleading guilty to a variety of charges, including conspiracy and wire fraud.
Among them is Christensen, who was accused of paying Pellicano at least $100,000 to illegally listen in on conversations involving Lisa Bonder Kerkorian during the 2002 court battle over child support.
Christensen has denied wrongdoing. He did not immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Pellicano remained in custody and is acting as his own lawyer in the case. Steven Gruel, his previous attorney, did not immediately return a message from the AP.
Dick Sobelle, a spokesman for Kerkorian, could not be immediately reached. He declined to answer questions from the New York Times.
"We're not at liberty to comment on any of this," he said. Federal prosecutors declined to comment.
Christensen's lawyer, Terree Bowers, also declined to answer questions from the newspaper.
However, when told the thrust of this article, he told the newspaper it was "irresponsible, unwarranted and a pack of lies."
"In fact, there are absolutely no tapes or reliable evidence of any wiretaps involving the Kerkorian-Bonder litigation. The charges are and remain totally unfounded," he said.