The Pellicano case: now officially a big deal

The Pellicano case gets front-page treatment in today’s NYT with an article that suggests that Brad Grey, previously thought to be kind of linked to Pellicano, may be, like, really linked. The article is built around an extensive interview with Linda Doucett, the ex-girlfriend (and co-star) of Grey’s ex-client Garry Shandling, whom I’m really hoping can be convinced to play himself when someone makes a cable mini-series about this whole thing. For his part, Grey has issued a statement re-asserting his lack of taint:

Mr. Grey declined numerous requests to be interviewed for this article, or to have his lawyer be interviewed. On Sunday afternoon his spokeswoman, Janet Hill, issued a terse reply from Mr. Grey to five written questions submitted by The New York Times.

“As I’ve said in the past, I was casually acquainted with Anthony Pellicano,” Mr. Grey said in the statement. “I had no ‘relationship’ with Mr. Pellicano until my attorney, Bert Fields, hired him in the Garry Shandling lawsuit. The fact remains that I had no knowledge of any illegal activity he may have conducted.”

Meanwhile, Nikki Finke provides some interesting background on the NYT story and notes that the story “didn’t go up on the NYT website until 7:30 p.m. PT. I reported its existence at 4:44 p.m. PT.”