Anita Busch sues *

The former Hollywood Reporter editor and (sometimes) L.A. Times Calendar writer filed suit late last week against jailed private eye Anthony Pellicano, LAPD detective Mark Arneson and others over that bungled attempt to scare her away from doing a story on actor Steven Seagal, using wiretaps, threats and a smelly fish left on her smashed windshield. The Smoking Gun has the Superior Court suit. It begins:

This case involves a well-known journalist who was working on high-profile stories regarding various business deals of several entertainment figures. Threats and assaults on [Busch's] life traumatized her and brought her illustrious career to a halt.

Her attorney is Matthew J. Geragos.

* Clarified: The LAT story says Busch is a former Times reporter.

Previously on L.A. Observed: Proctor goes away, Pellicano tied to Busch threats

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