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Article posted Apr 03 2008, 3:40 AM Category: Politics/Corruption Source: New York Times Print

Aaron Russo Was Target Of Assassination Plot


LOS ANGELES — A hedge fund manager and art collector from New York testified under immunity Tuesday that Anthony Pellicano, the Hollywood private detective accused of wiretapping and racketeering, had once offered to have a movie producer killed for him.

Adam D. Sender, the owner of Exis Capital, a hedge fund that at one point had more than $1 billion in assets, said in Federal District Court here that he had paid Mr. Pellicano about $500,000 to investigate Aaron Russo, a producer and onetime talent manager whose film credits included “Trading Places.” Mr. Russo died of cancer last year.

In 1999, Mr. Sender invested $1.1 million with Mr. Russo. Later, Mr. Sender sued Mr. Russo, accusing him of pocketing the money. Mr. Russo dodged process servers for more than a year, until Mr. Pellicano was brought into the case at the urging of Mr. Sender’s new lawyer, Bert Fields. (Mr. Sender said he paid Mr. Fields’s firm about $300,000, but recovered only $25,000 from Mr. Russo.)

Mr. Sender testified Tuesday that Mr. Pellicano had wiretapped Mr. Russo for a year and had played recordings of Mr. Russo’s intercepted phone calls for him 10 or 15 times. But Mr. Pellicano grew sick of listening to Mr. Russo, Mr. Sender said. And, in a “frightening” moment in the garden of Mr. Sender’s mansion in Bel-Air, he said, Mr. Pellicano suggested killing Mr. Russo.

Mr. Pellicano said that “if I wanted to, I could basically authorize him” to have Mr. Russo “murdered on the way back from Las Vegas,” Mr. Sender testified. “He would have someone follow him back, drive him off the road and bury his body somewhere in the desert.” Mr. Sender said he had declined.

On cross-examination, Mr. Pellicano, acting as his own lawyer and speaking of himself in the third person, seemed more concerned with getting his own words right than with disputing Mr. Sender’s account. He does not face any charges related to Mr. Sender’s statements.

“Didn’t Mr. Pellicano say, ‘You’ve spent all this money, why don’t you just whack him?’ ” Mr. Pellicano asked. “Didn’t Mr. Pellicano say, ‘If you feel so badly about it, why don’t you just have him killed?’ ”

“He might’ve phrased it that way,” Mr. Sender said.

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Posted: Nov 26 2013, 11:05 AM

72208 Aaron Russo
AKA Aaron S. Russo

Born: 14-Feb-1943
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 24-Aug-2007
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA [1]
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Film/TV Producer, Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Libertarian filmmaker

Military service: US Coast Guard Reserve

Aaron Russo (February 14, 1943–August 24, 2007) was an American entertainment businessman, film producer and director, and political activist. He was best known for producing such movies as Trading Places, Wise Guys, and The Rose. Later in life, he created various Libertarian-leaning political documentaries including Mad as Hell and America: Freedom to Fascism. After a six-year battle with bladder cancer, Russo died on August 24, 2007

We love the movie Trading Places!

Posted: Jan 07 2014, 6:51 PM

94196 I live in England and totally agree with Aaron Russo and respect him as a totally enlightened human being .I said i,m from England but whenever i have to fill in A form for say the council there is no mention of England on the forms there is British white or British other .They,re stealing our identities.How can anyone support the English football team shouting come on England when we can,t even put we are English on a simple council form it is about time people realised what is going on in the world.God bless Aaron Russo and all others in enlightening me and others on what,s going on in the world.

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