Veteran entertainment journalist Anita Busch wept on the witness stand at the Anthony Pellicano trial Wednesday as she accused the private eye of being behind a threat on her life. As Pellicano, who is acting as his own lawyer, questioned her, she remarke d, "Mr. Pellicano, I was scared 24-7." She said that after she and fellow journalist Bernard Weinraub wrote a series of articles in 2002 about former superagent and Disney President Michael Ovitz, she found a dead fish with a rose in its mouth in her car w ith a sign on the smashed windshield saying, "Stop." Two months later she spotted a vehicle with no license plates approaching her on The Streets as if it were trying to run her down. A moment later a man in the car rolled down his window and, "with a sickening smile," waved goodbye to her. "I was thinking I was going to die," she said tearfully. She said that she stopped writing "because I was told [the threat] meant not to talk to law enforcement. If I did I would be killed." Busch's testimony came after Ovitz testified earlier in the day that he had paid $75,000 to Pellicano to find out who was behind the Busch-Weinraub articles but had never asked the detective to threaten Busch. He insisted that he "never instructed [Pellicano] to do anything illegally."




10/04/2008