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FBI Wants to Grill Tom Cruise

LOS ANGELES – The FBI wants to grill Tom Cruise and his hot-shot divorce lawyer as part of its ever-widening probe against disgraced Hollywood gumshoe Anthony Pellicano, sources said yesterday.

Cruise might be linked to Pellicano through powerful L.A. entertainment lawyer Terry Christensen, a partner in the Century City firm Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro.

Christensen, working for billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, allegedly paid Pellicano more than $100,000 to wiretap his ex-wife, former tennis pro Lisa Bonder, during a contentious child-support fight in the spring of 2002.

Christensen, who was indicted two weeks ago, hooked up with Pellicano through renowned divorce lawyer Dennis Wasser, sources close to the probe told The Post. Federal authorities want to chat with Wasser, as well as his star client Cruise.

Representatives for Cruise and Wasser’s practice could not be immediately reached for comment yesterday.

A judge yesterday ordered Pellicano and seven co-defendants to stand trial on April 18 on a landslide of federal wiretapping, conspiracy and racketeering charges, stemming from the private investigator’s alleged practice of intercepting phone calls of courtroom opponents.

U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer put the complicated trial on a fast track yesterday, ordering one final pretrial hearing on March 20 before jury selection begins less than a month later.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Saunders revealed in open court that he plans to hand down at least one more indictment in the massive investigation that has already yielded 112 criminal counts.

“There is a substantial likelihood that there will be at least one superceding indictment between now and then,” Saunders said. “That [additional charges] might affect the game plan as far as trial.”

Fischer stuck with April 18 for now.

Pellicano’s defense lawyer said his client wants a trial as soon as possible. Feds pinched Pellicano a month ago, just as he finished a 21/2-year sentence for weapons violations.

“Mr. Pellicano is interested in getting this moving,” said defense lawyer Steven Gruel. “He’s been in custody for more than 21/2 years . . . and here we are still in custody on new charges.”

Pellicano, shackled and wearing a green jail windbreaker, occasionally looked into the audience and smiled at friends during yesterday’s brief hearing.

He remained jailed with no bail, and is accused of wiretapping and illegally snooping on other Hollywood figures such as Sylvester Stallone, Garry Shandling, Keith Carradine and Kevin Nealon.

Dream Team founder Robert Shapiro also appeared in court yesterday to support his partner Christensen, who is free on bail.


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