The man who kept secrets for celebs such as Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Sylvester Stallone is writing a book — and that has some Hollywood heavyweights trembling in their Gucci loafers.
Anthony Pellicano — a highly controversial private investigator whose heavy-handed tactics got him referred to as the “Thug to the Stars” or “The Intimidator”— is penning a book for New Millennium Press.
Pellicano has been hired by some of the most powerful lawyers in Hollywood: attorneys such as Bert Fields, who reps stars like Tom Cruise; and Marty Singer, whose clients read like a who’s who of Hollywood.
He has recently been in the news because he pled guilty to possessing hand grenades and military-type explosives — he’ll start serving time this month — and in an apparent FBI investigation it’s been revealed that he allegedly taped the conversations with some of his high profile clients.
“Anthony Pellicano was called in to do the dirty work for the stars,” says a source familiar with the book deal. “To say that he knows where the bodies are buried is an understatement. It’s just a question of how much he’ll tell. He may try to disguise identities in whatever he writes or do a roman à clef, but I guarantee you that a lot of stars are going to be losing sleep over this book and their lawyers will be all over it like flies on you-know-what.”
A spokeswoman for New Millennium Press — which also happens to be publishing the memoirs of Jayson Blair, the serial liar formerly with the New York Times — confirmed that Pellicano is writing a book, but said she had no further information to share.
Pellicano couldn’t be reached for comment, but he recently told gossip columnist Cindy Adams — also an author for New Millennium — that he would never write a tell-all. “I was offered a $500,000 retainer,” he said. “Hey, I could do a whole volume on Michael Jackson alone. But I’m a stand-up guy.”
Streisand vs. CBS
CBS is refusing to comment on the latest broadside from Barbra Streisand.
The diva, still fuming that the network cancelled “The Reagans” starring her hubby James Brolin, has launched her second assault against CBS in a week.
“What is the network so intimated by?” Streisand says on her Web site, then raises the theory that the parent company is concerned about upcoming legislation that could allow media companies to expand their holdings. “Perhaps they don’t want to alienate key Republican support for these FCC changes.”
When presented with Streisand’s charges, a CBS spokesman responded, “Unfortunately, we are going to decline to comment.”
Notes from all over
“Seventh Heaven” cutie Jessica Biel is the latest celeb to get collagen lip overload, according to AwfulPlasticSurgery.com. . . . If you get Pink angry, make sure it’s not near your garden. “I dumped my drink over a guy’s head after he bad-mouthed me,” the singer told Australia’s MX. “I was so angry at being kicked out of the pub after that, I went and pissed in some front yard.”
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