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You may not reach celebrity status, but you could land some famous clients. Celebrities are blackmailed all the time. People like Oprah, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Rob Lowe, Clack Gable, Bruce Willis, and Elvis Presley have been blackmailed at least once in their lives. Fortunately for private detectives, legal experts encourage celebrities to hire a PD to get to the bottom of extortion or blackmail issues. According to experts, the best mode of action is to give the blackmail case to the authorities if money has been demanded or bodily harm threatened. If no such demands have been made, it's better to hand over the case to a private detective.

Don't succumb to corruption if you find yourself staking out a blackmailer's house with Kobe Bryant. Anthony Pellicano was a private detective to the stars until he wound up getting indicted on racketeering charges. Before everything went bad for Pellicano, he was famous among the elite. He found Elizabeth Taylor's husband's remains, helped Michael Jackson fight child molestation charges, and was part of President Clinton's "Shadow Team." He got into hot water when authorities found out that he allegedly recorded telephone calls made by Sylvester Stallone. Furthermore, he obtained confidential law enforcement records on actors such as Kevin Nealon, Anita Busch, Garry Shandling, and Keith Carradine. The moral of the story is to keep on the side of the law, especially if your client is Rocky Balboa.