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Pellicano Trial: Exposing Adultery and Harassing a Nanny

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

Billionaire Alec Gores told the jury today that when he first called Mr. Pellicano and told him that he suspected that his wife was cheating on him, Mr. Pellicano told Mr. Gores to "come talk to me about that. You don't know to talk to the lawyers about that." Mr. Gores admitted to paying Mr. Pellicano at least $280,000 to investigate his then wife, Lisa Gores, and said that he also flew Mr. Pellicano's family to Hawaii for a vacation. Sounding remarkably candid at times, Mr. Gores told the jury that Mr. Pellicano showed him background material on his then wife and played him conversations of her chatting on the phone with his brother, Tom Gores. Mr. Gores said that Mr. Pellicano was the one who confirmed that his wife was having an affair with his brother. "I was in Sacramento when I found out," Mr. Gores explained. "Mr. Pellicano asked me to leave town." Mr. Gores said that Mr. Pellicano called him in Sacramento and told him that his wife had met his brother at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Mr. Gores later confronted both his wife and his brother, confirming Mr. Pellicano's report of the affair. Mr. Gores said that he and his then wife briefly reconciled until Mr. Pellicano reported that Ms. Gores was still talking to Tom Gores on the phone. During that brief reconciliation, Mr. Gores testified that he told her that Mr. Pellicano had wiretapped her phone and recorded her conversations with Tom Gores.

Next up was Pamela Miller, a former nanny for Taylor Thompson who became embroiled in Ms. Thompson's custody battle with her now ex-husband. A tape recording was played in court of Ms. Thompson giving Mr. Pellicano instructions on how to best target Ms. Miller. Following her testimony, Ms. Miller explained that she felt good about finally telling about what happened to her. "They were effective in destroying my life," she said in the hallway outside of the courtroom. But despite being pleased to have finally told about what Mr. Pellicano allegedly did to her, the former nanny expressed disappointment that Ms. Thompson and others were not prosecuted for hiring Mr. Pellicano to harass her. "We heard Taylor Thompson on tape giving him [Pellicano] direct orders," Ms. Miller said angrily. "Pellicano was the hired gun. He did what he was paid to do. Why the lawyers get to walk, why Taylor Thompson gets to walk, I don't know. You'd have to ask the federal government."

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