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December 23, 2009 12:39 PM

Hollywood Legal Icon Bert Fields Named in Pellicano Wiretap Suit

Posted by Zach Lowe

The Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandals just don't stop, do they? Now they've ensnared Tom Cruise and Hollywood legal icon Bertram Fields in a lawsuit accusing Cruise, Fields, and Pellicano of illegally wiretapping a magazine editor who threatened to publish material claiming Cruise is gay, court records show.

Cruise and Fields--the star's longtime lawyer--sued Michael Davis Sapir, the editor of Bold Magazine, in 2001 for defamation after Bold advertised a $500,000 reward for anyone who could provide evidence that Cruise is gay. Bold followed the ad up with a press release saying someone had leaked the magazine a videotape proving it, according to a copy of the complaint at (where else?) TMZ.com. In his new lawsuit, Sapir alleges that Fields and Cruise hired Pellicano to wiretap conversations between Sapir and his attorney; the information the Cruise team gleaned from those conversations gave them a strategic edge and led Sapir to enter into an unfavorable settlement, the complaint states. Under the terms of that settlement, Sapir stipulated that Cruise did not appear on the leaked tape and that Cruise "is not, and has never been, homosexual and has never had a homosexual affair," according to the complaint on TMZ.com.

Sapir is seeking $5 million in damages. 

We reached out to Fields, who serves as regular counsel to luminaries such as Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, The Weinstein Company, and James Cameron, but we haven't heard back yet. The suit also names Fields's firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger

If you're reading this, you surely know that Pellicano is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence on charges of unlawful wiretapping linked to the divorce case of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, a Pellicano client. Kerkorian's lawyer, Terry Christensen, formerly of Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, was sentenced to three years in prison for his participation in the Kerkorian wiretapping; he has appealed that sentence, according to The Recorder, an Am Law Daily sibling publication.

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