A Los Angeles police officer sold confidential information to the National Enquirer, Cyndy Truhan, former wife of baseball player Steve Garvey, told a police disciplinary board.
The testimony came in the case of officer Kelly Chrisman, 35, who denies wrongdoing. Police doccuments obtained by The Los Angeles Times show that Chrisman accessed restricted databases to look up information on scores of Hollywood stars and other famous people, including Sharon Stone, Courteney Cox Arquette, Sean Penn, Kobe Bryant and O.J. Simpson.
Chrisman faces administrative charges that he misused Los Angeles Police Department computers from 1994 to 2000 to access restricted files. The charges do not allege that he sold the information. The officer was such a frequent tipster that his earnings could well have topped $10,000 annually, a former Enquirer employee told The Times. Enquirer Editor David Perel has acknowledged that the paper pays some sources, but said it does not buy information from police officers.