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Will Pitbull Bert Fields Light Hollywood Ablaze?

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

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TINSEL IN A TWIST Pellicano, Fields (inset) (Photo: Getty Images) It's chilling turn in the Anthony Pellicano case guaranteed to cause sleepless nights in the Hollywood Hills: Bertram Fields, the litigious attack-dog attorney known for burying the malodorous laundry of the rich and famous, might be the guy who brings down the accused wiretapper Anthony Pellicano—and half of A-list Tinseltown with him.

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This morning in the Pellicano trial in L.A., before the jury came in, prosecutors told the judge and defense attorneys of a witness they planned to call who would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Asked who this potential witness was, prosecutors answered, "Bert Fields."

If this were a movie, someone would have audibly gasped. Some are speculating that prosecutors will offer Fields immunity in exchange for his testimony.

Fields is the man Brad Grey, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and virtually any industry titan going through divorce or A-lister with a closet full skeletons calls when he wants bad gossip and lawsuits to disappear. (Paramount honcho Grey, last week, testified that he didn't know about Pellicano's tactics—Fields handled him.)

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