Anita Busch Settles Legal Fight With Michael Ovitz

Former Los Angeles Times reporter had accused Ovitz and others of “threats and assaults on (her) life”

Former Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch has settled her longstanding legal dispute with CAA co-founder Michael Ovitz, Busch’s attorney told TheWrap on Monday.

“The case has been resolved as between Anita Busch and Michael Ovitz,” Busch’s attorney, Evan Marshall, told TheWrap.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Busch accused Ovitz and other defendants of “threats and assaults on (her) life,” including one incident when a dead fish and a rose were placed on her windshield, along with a note reading, “Stop!” The suit stemmed from the wire-tapping investigation of private investigator Anthony Pellicano, which led to Pellicano’s incarceration. Busch believed that Ovitz had hired Pellicano to perform wiretaps for him, and subsequently tasked Pellicano with intimidating Busch.

Ovitz denied the allegations, saying in a response to Busch’s lawsuit that Busch had “full knowledge of all the risks, dangers and hazards, if any, and nevertheless voluntarily and with full appreciat[ion] of the amount of risk involved, assumed the risk of loss to herself.”

The response goes on to state, “Plaintiff has been harmed, if at all, in whole or in part, by virtue of her own acts and omissions.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.