LOS ANGELES (CN) - Two more lawsuits have been filed against jailed private eye Anthony Pellicano, the "wiretapper for the stars." An attorney who worked as a mediator for Kirk Kerkorian and his ex-wife in child support litigation claims Pellicano tapped her calls at the behest of attorney Terry Christensen. And a man who was sued by hedge fund manager Adam Sender claims Pellicano tapped his phones after Sender hired Pellicano at the suggestion of Sender's attorneys, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger.
Deborah A. Simon, the mediator, sued AT&T, Anthony Pellicano, Terry Christensen, Kirk Kerkorian and the law firm of Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro, in Superior Court.
A federal jury in August 2008 convicted Pellicano and Christensen of illegally wiretapping Mrs. Kerkorian, Simon says. She says Christensen was managing partner of the defendant law firm, previously known as Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro. Simon wants punitive damages for privacy violations, negligence, intrusion and wiretapping. She filed the case pro se.
In the second case in the same court, Maxwell and Samuel Russo sued Pellicano, the Greenberg, Glusker & Fields law office and others, on similar allegations.
Adam Sender, a wealthy hedge fund manager, sued Aaron Russo, who died in August 2007, according to the complaint.
"On April 1, 2008, in the criminal trial of Pellicano, in which Pellicano was convicted for felonies for wiretapping the plaintiffs herein and operating a wiretapping enterprise, Sender testified that he hired Pellicano to wiretap Aaron Russo and his family and that he did so with the assistance of the Greenberg Glusker law firm," the complaint states.
"Sender testified at the Pellicano trial that, after engaging Greenberg Glusker, he was encouraged by Bertram Fields, a partner in that firm, to hire Pellicano as a means to exert pressure on Aaron Russo in the litigation. Sender testified, 'Mr. Fields told me that he was very good at what he did. ... He said that he used unorthodox methods, but that he got the job done.' Sender testified, 'Mr. Fields said that he'd worked with him (Pellicano) many times in the past and he got the job done.'"
The Russos seek punitive damages. They are represented by Douglas Johnson with Johnson & Johnson of Beverly Hills.
Here are the defendants: Adam D. Sender, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, David S. Moriarty, Pacific Bell Telephone Company dba AT&T, and Anthony Pellicano.