Former Hollywood journalist says she was subjected to a campaign of threats that halted her career
Anita Busch will have her day in court with Michael Ovitz.
On Friday, a judge in Los Angeles set a Sept. 13 trial date for Busch's lawsuit against CAA co-founder, which stemmed from the wire-tapping investigation of private investigator Anthony Pellicano, which led to Pellicano's incarceration.
Busch accuses 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 former journalist claims in her complaint that the alleged threats — including, the suit says, having her life threatened and her computer hacked — "brought her illustrious career to a halt."
Busch believes that Ovitz had hired Pellicano to perform wiretaps for him, and subsequently tasked Pellicano with intimidating Busch.
Ovitz denies the allegations. His response to the lawsuit claims 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."