In separate interviews with the FBI, Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey provided two accounts of the extent of his acquaintance with rogue Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano, the studio chief's attorneys confirmed Thursday night.
But there was nothing inconsistent about the two accounts, the lawyers said. The second interview was more expansive, they said, simply because Grey agreed to waive his attorney-client privilege and speak freely about using Pellicano to work on litigation in which he was involved.
The attorneys made the comments in response to a report in today's New York Times.
There is "nothing significant" about Grey's calling Pellicano a "colorful character" during the first interview and then more fully describing his relationship with the private investigator in the subsequent interview, said attorney Carl Moor, who reiterated that his client is only a witness in the case.
"He has been repeatedly told he is not even a subject, much less a target, of this investigation," Moor said.
Fourteen people have been charged in the widening investigation of Pellicano, who is accused of directing a racketeering enterprise that invaded the privacy of dozens of celebrities and executives.