It has been a while now, but some might remember when then-Times reporter Anita Busch was threatened in 2002 over a story she was pursuing on actor Steven Seagal and the Mafia. Someone fired a bullet through her windshield and left her a dead fish with a rose in its mouth and a sign reading: "Stop." Today, imprisoned former Hollywood PI Anthony Pellicano was charged by DA Steve Cooley with conspiracy and making threats against Busch. He is already serving thirty months in federal prison for possessing two hand grenades and plastic explosives — contraband discovered during a search related to the Busch threats. Busch sued Pellicano last year, and he has been linked to the threats before. She is the former Hollywood Reporter editor in chief. Alexander Proctor, a jailed addict accused of carrying out the threats for Pellicano, was also charged today.
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