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Pellicano pleads not guilty to threatening journalist

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Former Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he hired someone to threaten a newspaper reporter. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Pellicano’s already serving a 15-year federal prison sentence for wiretapping, racketeering, and conspiracy.

This case involves allegations he hired Alexander Proctor to threaten Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch seven years ago. Busch was writing an article about the financial troubles of one of Pellicano’s high powered clients – Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz. Proctor allegedly placed a dead fish with a rose in its mouth on the windshield of Busch’s car and left a sign with the word “Stop.”

Pellicano and Proctor, both 65 years old, face one count each of criminal threats and conspiracy. Pellicano appeared in court wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and round sunglasses. And, as he did in his first trial, he said he would act as his own attorney.