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Amid a Media Crush, Fleiss Pleads Not Guilty

August 10, 1993|SHAWN HUBLER and ANDREA FORD | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

GUMSHOE TO THE STARS: Anthony J. (The Pelican) Pellicano, a private investigator, was hired by Nathanson to track down rumors about the studio executive. Pellicano had a screen credit in the recent hit "The Firm." Pellicano has appeared as an expert witness analyzing audiotape recordings. He testified for the heavy metal group Judas Priest in a suit alleging that one of its albums contained subliminal messages.

THE LAWYER: Anthony Brooklier is defending Fleiss against pimping, pandering and drug charges. He is one of Los Angeles' most successful criminal lawyers and is known for meticulous preparation. Brooklier has represented accused gangsters, and has counted among his clients Elizabeth Adams, a former Beverly Hills madam who knows Fleiss and Nagy. Brooklier's father was the late Dominic Brooklier, Southern California's Mafia chieftain in the 1970s, who was imprisoned after being fingered by mob stool pigeon Aladena (Jimmy the Weasel) Frattiano.

THE MOVIE PRODUCER: Robert Evans says he was a family friend of Fleiss but did not buy sexual services from her alleged employees. Evans is a veteran of Hollywood, who enjoyed his greatest success in the 1970s when he supervised films such as "The Godfather" and "Love Story" at Paramount. He is trying to make a comeback now, after a 1980s cocaine conviction, but stumbled with his most recent effort, the controversial "Sliver."

THE MAN WITH THE TAPE: Dan Hanks is a private investigator who had possession of a mysterious tape recording of some of Fleiss' telephone conversations after her arrest in June. The portly Hanks, a onetime police undercover operative, says he monitored transmissions from an apparent telephone bug placed by somebody else in hopes of selling the recordings to a television tabloid show. Instead, he sold them to Fleiss, who says she hopes to use them in her defense.

BEVERLY HILLS MADAM: Elizabeth Adams, known as "the Beverly Hills Madam" or "Madam Alex" in the 1980s, is said to be retired after 20 years in the business. Adams says the watchword of her profession is "discretion, discretion, discretion." She has recently written her memoirs, entitled "Madam 90210," in which she reportedly does not name names.

THE INFORMANT: Police say an informant or informants close to Fleiss played a key role in events leading to her arrest. The inside source was developed by detectives in the Beverly Hills Police Department, who then joined Los Angeles police in a sting operation in which LAPD Detective Sammy Lee posed as a Honolulu businessman looking for action. The identity of the informant remains a mystery.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Times wire services

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