Anthony Pellicano, who’s appealing his 2008 convictions for racketeering, wiretapping, and other crimes that landed him a 15-year sentence, gave his first interview from prison to Newsweek. Though nothing too juicy emerged, here are a few highlights:
• On the FBI raiding his office: “They come to my business…I have personal stuff on Arnold [Schwarzenegger] … If they found that stuff, he never would have been governor.” Did he know about Schwarzenegger’s love child? “I can’t say one way or another if I knew it,” he says.
• On why he’s still tight-lipped about his clients: “When you are my client, you become my family,” he says. As Newsweek notes, his client list included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Farrah Fawcett, Kevin Costner, Courtney Love, Chris Rock, and Michael Ovitz. “That was the attitude I kept. I wasn’t really a P.I. I was a problem solver. People came to me because they had a problem. The government wanted me to turn on them.”
• On the dirt he’s keeping to himself: “If you saw the stuff I found in celebrity homes: cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, vials of narcotics. There was a doctor shooting up celebrities with morphine for $350,” he says. He also claims he worked for Jackson during his 1993 child-molestation case, but, “I quit because I found out some truths…He did something far worse to young boys than molest them.” He refused to comment further.
• On the autobiography he’s trying to write: Prison life isn’t conducive to creativity: “Imagine trying to write a story with 100 guys around you,” he says. “There is nowhere to go for quiet.”
• On his current Hollywood connections: The letters are few, and the visits are fewer. Tony Danza, however, still writes to him regularly. “I’m actually reading the latest from him now. I often send some clippings or stories that I know will interest him,” Danza tells Newsweek.
• On why he wouldn’t have bothered getting involved with the News of the World: “I was the top of the ladder. Just to talk to me it cost $25,000,” he says. “These guys were stringers who worked with reporters to try to get information on a celebrity!”