Actor Keith Carradine is suing Anthony Pellicano claiming the indicted Hollywood detective invaded his privacy by wiretapping his phone line.
Carradine and his fiancee allege in the complaint filed Friday that Pellicano conspired with the actor's ex-wife and two former phone company workers to illegally eavesdrop on their conversations.
The lawsuit says Sandra Carradine was trying to gain an advantage in divorce proceedings. She also is named in the suit.
Pellicano's lawyer, Steven Gruel, would not comment. Peter Knecht, attorney for Sandra Carradine, said jurors would sympathize with her.
"She was being a good mother, trying to find out how to get support for her kids," he said.
Pellicano, who has worked for some of Hollywood's biggest names, was charged last month in a wiretapping scandal that has rattled the city's entertainment and legal circles. He is also accused of bribing police officers to run the names of more than 60 people through government databases.
Sandra Carradine has pleaded guilty to perjury for lying to a grand jury when she denied knowing about Pellicano's alleged wiretaps. She could face up to 10 years in prison.