Monday, December 28, 2009

Me and Elizabeth Taylor

July 11, 1998
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW #136
Washington, DC 20008-4530

Elizabeth Taylor
700 Nimes Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Dear Miss Taylor:

During the period March 1988 to October 1991 I was employed as a legal assistant at the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld ("Akin Gump"). Attorney managers at Akin Gump terminated my employment effective October 29, 1991 upon determining, in consultation with a psychiatrist, that a complaint of harassment I had lodged against several co-workers was attributable to a psychiatric symptom ("ideas of reference") prominent in the psychotic disorders and typically associated with a risk of violent behavior. See Freedman v. D.C. Dept. of Human Rights, D.C. Superior Court no. MPA 95-14 (final order issued June 10, 1996). In the period immediately after my job termination senior Akin Gump managers determined that it was advisable to secure the office of my direct supervisor against a possible homicidal assault, which it was feared I might commit.

I have been under investigation by the U.S. Secret Service as a potential security risk to President William J. Clinton, and was interrogated at the Washington Field Office by Special Agent Philip C. Leadroot as recently as February 1996 on a referral by high-ranking attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice.

I have also been under investigation by the Federal Protective Service (Jerry McGill, S.A.) incident to concerns, affirmed as genuine in 1996 by then District of Columbia Corporation Counsel--now White House Counsel to President Clinton--Charles F.C. Ruff, Esq., that I posed a risk of violence, including armed violence or homicide, at the law firm of Akin Gump.

Pursuant to the investigation instituted by the Federal Protective Service ("FPS") I forwarded a document to the FPS, under cover letter dated September 8, 1997 (copy attached), that contains references to the German opera composer Richard Wagner. The document is titled "Significant Moments."

I request that you disclose to the Washington Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service (Phillip C. Leadroot, S.A., telephone no. 202 435 5100) whether you have at any time been made aware, by any source, of the existence of this document. I enclose a copy of the first page of the document to refresh your recollection. I know that you will appreciate the serious nature of any concerns relating to presidential security and that any disclosure you make to the U.S. Secret Service will be full, candid, and truthful.

Background facts that prompt this inquiry are the following:

-- Your former husband Senator John Warner (R.-Va.) has been a partner of the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where I was employed in the capacity of legal assistant ("paralegal") for a period in the late 1980's;

-- You have been a client of the law firm of Hogan & Hartson; it was reported to me by a coworker at the firm (Sara Shea) that you visited the firm's office (815 Connecticut Avenue) in Washington, D.C. on at least one occasion;

-- Your former husband Richard Burton (now deceased) portrayed the German opera composer Richard Wagner in a British made-for-television production in the early 1980's; and

-- You may have had occasion to socialize with former first lady Mrs. Nancy Reagan, who, like yourself, resides in Bel Air (668 St. Cloud Road, 90077); Mrs. Reagan (together with Akin Gump partner, Robert S. Strauss, Esq.) is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine of the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC where, coincidentally, I have received out-patient psychiatric treatment.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.


Gary Freedman

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