Monday, April 15, 2024

Tom Cruise Has A Long History with Lawyers and Private Eyes


TMZ cooked up a whole story on Sunday about Katie Holmes possibly being under surveillance by Scientology. They denied it, of course, and I kind of believe them. The story of Tom Cruise, private eyes, and lawyers actually has more to do with Cruise and his personal team than with Scientology. Cruise’s two lawyers–Bert Fields and Dennis Wasser–had long histories with currently incarcerated private investigator Anthony Pellicano. The Pellicano stories should be legendary by now, and took in a lot of powerful people.

But when it concerns Cruise, Wasser, Fields and Pellicano the episodes concerned the last Cruise divorce, from Nicole Kidman. She and Cruise were each questioned by the FBI regarding Pellicano, which was reported widely. Pellicano’s in prison, but that doesn’t mean Wasser or Fields isn’t using an investigator in the Holmes case. Read this New York Times story: or Google it yourself.

Another lawyer who works for Cruise and with Fields, Ricardo Cestero, actually used to work for Pellicano.

As I wrote in 2006:

“But what most people don’t know is that before he went to law school and came to work for Fields, Cestero labored in the office of Anthony Pellicano as a private investigator. In fact, he was schooled at Pellicano’s very knee.
Ricardo P. Cestero graduated from Oberlin College in 1991. According to the Greenberg Glusker Web site, he got his law degree in 1997 from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. This differs from the Web site, which has biographical info for all attorneys. Cestero graduated from law school there in 1999.
Either way, in the years between graduating college and getting his law degree, according to sources and reports, Cestero worked exclusively for Pellicano, who in turn worked for attorney Bert Fields. Fields has maintained throughout the Pellicano investigation that he knew nothing of the private detective’s activities and sanctioned nothing illegal.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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