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Hollywood private eye says he was ‘lone ranger’

Indicted Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano said Wednesday he acted as a "lone ranger" while gathering information for his A-list clients and did not lead a criminal enterprise as prosecutors have alleged at his racketeering trial.During his closing argument, Pellicano insisted he shared no information with colleagues as he conducted investigations."There was no criminal enterprise or conspir
/ Source: The Associated Press

Indicted Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano said Wednesday he acted as a "lone ranger" while gathering information for his A-list clients and did not lead a criminal enterprise as prosecutors have alleged at his racketeering trial.

During his closing argument, Pellicano insisted he shared no information with colleagues as he conducted investigations.

"There was no criminal enterprise or conspiracy. Mr. Pellicano alone is responsible. That is the simple truth," he told jurors, referring to himself in the third person as court rules require for people who act as their own attorney.

He did not elaborate on what he was responsible for.

"Perhaps his business card should read 'I deliver,' because he did it over and over again," Pellicano said about his work.

Another accused of taking bribes

The 64-year-old has pleaded not guilty to spearheading a scheme that used wiretaps and ran names through law enforcement databases to dig up dirt on Hollywood's rich and famous and supply it to their rivals. Four co-defendants pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges.

Attorney Chad Hummel said in his closing argument at the two-month trial that Arneson didn't listen to audiotapes or wiretaps, made no threats and had no knowledge about the people Pellicano was investigating.

Arneson is accused of taking bribes in excess of $180,000 to run names through law enforcement databases but has said he received the money for off-duty security and surveillance work.

Other defense attorneys were scheduled to present their closing arguments, with the case possibly going to the jury on Thursday.

Other co-defendants in the case are ex-telephone company worker Rayford Earl Turner, software designer Kevin Kachikian and Abner Nicherie.

On Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Saunders said Pellicano was a "well-paid thug" who slashed tires, hacked computers and wiretapped phones to get information for clients.

During his closing argument, Saunders said the government had proven its case by presenting documents, testimony from clients and alleged victims, and recordings made by the private investigator.

Comedian Chris Rock and one-time power agent Michael Ovitz testified during the trial about using the services of Pellicano. Both said they knew nothing about his tactics. Comedian Garry Shandling, an alleged victim, also took the witness stand.