Journalist Tells Courtroom Pellicano Ended Her Career
Veteran entertainment journalist Anita Busch wept on the witness stand at the Anthony Pellicano trial Wednesday as she accused the private eye of being behind a threat on her life. As Pellicano, who is acting as his own lawyer, questioned her, she remarke d, "Mr. Pellicano, I was scared 24-7." She said that after she and fellow journalist Bernard Weinraub wrote a series of articles in 2002 about former superagent and Disney President Michael Ovitz, she found a dead fish with a rose in its mouth in her car w ith a sign on the smashed windshield saying, "Stop." Two months later she spotted a vehicle with no license plates approaching her on the streets as if it were trying to run her down. A moment later a man in the car rolled down his window and, "with a sickening smile," waved goodbye to her. "I was thinking I was going to die," she said tearfully. She said that she stopped writing "because I was told [the threat] meant not to talk to law enforcement. If I did I would be killed." Busch's testimony came after Ovitz testified earlier in the day that he had paid $75,000 to Pellicano to find out who was behind the Busch-Weinraub articles but had never asked the detective to threaten Busch. He insisted that he "never instructed [Pellicano] to do anything illegally."