By TMZ.COM STAFF
May 23, 2006
TMZ has learned that the FBI searched the home Tuesday of a woman who
runs an LA paparazzi agency
The allegation is that her computers were used to illegally hack into
the computers of Us Weekly magazine to obtain information about
celebrities, in particular Charlie Sheen.
Sources tell TMZ the U.S. Attorney obtained the search warrant several
days ago. Law enforcement went to the home of Jill Ishkanian, a
partner at Sunset Photo and News, where they seized computers and
other items. As of now, the official file is sealed.
Ishkanian founded Sunset Photo and News last year after leaving Us
Weekly, where she worked as a reporter.
TMZ repeatedly called Sunset Photo and News for comment, but each time
company reps immediately hung up the phone.
In a related development, TMZ spoke with former Hollywood madame Heidi
Fleiss, who says she was contacted by officials and accused of being
involved in the alleged hacking plot. The reason? Sources say Fleiss
and Ishkanian are close friends. Fleiss told TMZ the allegations
against her are "ridiculous."
UPDATE 7:15PM ET: Ishkanian's lawyer, Glenn Feldman, contacted TMZ and
says his client has been subpoenaed by Britney Spears' lawyers in her
suit against Us Weekly. Spears claims that an article in Us Weekly
alleging she made a sex tape with husband Kevin Federline was bogus.
Feldman says he finds it "coincidental" that his client is suddenly
being targeted. Feldman adds that Ishkanian "did not receive any
information from Us Weekly by hacking into any computer, especially
information about Charlie Sheen."
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