Private eye drops suit against Pesci


A private investigator has dropped a lawsuit claiming Joe Pesci owed him $103,000 for services performed after Pesci's ex-wife was accused of hiring a hit man, Pesci's lawyer said Tuesday.

John Perry dropped the fraud and breach-of-contract suit Monday, a day before a scheduled court hearing on defense motions to dismiss the case, Pesci attorney Caryn Brottman Sanders said Tuesday.

"(Pesci) is happy he doesn't have to deal with it anymore," Sanders said. "The legal arguments didn't make any sense, and the factual arguments maybe even less so."

A call by the Associated Press seeking comment from Perry's lawyer, Paul Taylor, was not returned.

Pesci won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role as a psychotic gangster in 1991's "GoodFellas."

Perry sued Pesci on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The suit claimed that Pesci hired Perry "to perform private investigative, bodyguard, security and property surveillance services" after Pesci's former wife, Claudia Haro, was accused of hiring someone to shoot her then-husband, Garrett Warren.

Warren was shot four times outside his California home in 2000 but survived. Haro was arrested two years ago and is awaiting trial in Los Angeles County on charges of conspiracy and attempted murder.

"Pesci regularly maintained both the innocence of his ex-wife as well as his own noninvolvement in the alleged attempted murder," the lawsuit claimed.

In addition to Pesci, the lawsuit named his attorney Joseph diGenova and two of the actor's friends, Mark Giuardino and Jerry Page.

According to the suit, diGenova had promised to pay Perry if Pesci did not.

DiGenova's attorney, Jay Coggan, described the suit's contentions as "garbage."

The suit was dropped by the plaintiff without seeking a settlement, he said.

"Joe was livid about this ... his reputation's impeccable," Coggan said of diGenova, who has been a special counsel to the U.S. Congress.