04/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LA Journalist Who Sparked Pellicano Investigation Set To Testify At Trial

From the New York Times' David Halbfinger:

The long series of events leading to the trial of the Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano on charges of racketeering and wiretapping began on June 20, 2002, when a journalist, Anita M. Busch, found a note saying "Stop" taped to her car, a fish and a rose in a tin tray on the hood, a bulletlike hole piercing the windshield.

Nearly six years later, Ms. Busch will finally take the witness stand to tell her side.

Once a star reporter for Variety, later editor of The Hollywood Reporter and a freelancer for The New York Times, Ms. Busch, 46, had kept silent as an investigation into accusations that Mr. Pellicano wiretapped stars, moguls and castoff spouses transfixed Hollywood. But in her first interview before giving her coming testimony, she recounted her gradual transformation from byline to headline and how it derailed her career.

Read the entire article here.


Read Nikki Finke's explanation why this article should hardly be called an interview here.


Read HuffPost's coverage of the Pellicano trial here.