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Did Pellicano Witness Lie on Stand to Save His Cushy Condé Job?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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CASUAL MALE Pellicano This week, we heard testimony in the trial of accused wiretapper Anthony Pellicano from his former audio geek Wayne Reynolds. Acting as his own lawyer, Pellicano grilled Reynolds about using his position at Condé Nast Publications to get the dirty dick a pre-publication version of a profile of Michael Ovitz—the then-superagent was a Pellicano client. Reynolds, who still works at Condé as an information systems security guard, swore on the stand that he never leaked the early version of the VF story. But Bryan Burrough, the writer who penned the story, doesn't necessarily buy it. "Everyone in Hollywood got an advance copy of that article," he writes on VF Daily. I've worked at Vanity Fair for 16 years, and never—never—did an article make as many rounds in advance as that one. I think they were handing out copies with Star Maps."

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Burrough doesn't say for sure that Reynolds got a copy, but he does speculate as to how he might have.

"If Reynolds got it on Friday, he probably just picked up a copy at the office. If he got it much earlier than that—and I have no evidence he did—well, he earned his fee. I tend to doubt that happened, though." VF Daily via Media Mob

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