Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and CEO Tom Freston have given their complete
backing to Paramount chief Brad Grey, maintaining that they investigated Grey's
association with indicted private detective Anthony Pellicano before they named
him head of the studio last year. In an interview with today's (Tuesday) Los
Angeles Times, Sumner Redstone expressed his "utmost faith" in Grey, but
acknowledged: "I'm going out on a limb here. We have investigated this to the
fullest. But can anybody be certain of anything but life and death?" Freston
told the newspaper, "We vet this in a responsible way. ... We were assured that
Grey is a witness and not a target or even a subject in the investigation."
Nevertheless, the Times observed, Grey's name continues to surface in
numerous newspaper articles linking him with Pellicano, and the Times
itself commented that Grey's past ties to Pellicano "have put Paramount
closer to the center of the escalating Pellicano imbroglio than anyone at
Viacom would have liked."