Reporter Claims Colleagues Taunted Her After Death Threat
After she filed a police report in 2002 saying that she had found a bullet hole in her windshield, a dead fish and a rose on the hood, and a note saying "Stop," reporter Anita Busch says that she found herself being ridiculed by colleagues at the Los Angeles Times and being accused of faking the scene by others in the news media. In an interview appearing in today's (Monday) New York Times Busch remarked, "It's hard to take, when you're telling the truth and people are looking at you sideway s and laughing in your face." Busch, who says she was working on an article for the Times about Hollywood connections to organized crime at the time, disclosed that she subsequently learned that "a private investigator" had hired someone to blow up her car and, following an FBI raid of Anthony Pellicano's offices, also learned that her phones had been tapped. She said that she was then forced to call informants and tell them that their confidentiality had been compromised. (One of them, she added, said that he now was scared for his life.) "It was, literally, watching your career disappear in front of your eyes, and you can't do anything about it," Busch told the Times. She is expected to testify against Pellicano during his current trial.