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Published: Tuesday, 11/26/2013

Hollywood's Arnon Milchan says he was Israeli spy

After years of speculation, Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan confirms he was Israeli spy

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Producer Arnon Milchan, left, and C.O.O. and President of News Corporation Peter Chernin arrive at "From Vision to Reality” hosted by Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI) and the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles honoring Milchan with the “Legacy of Citizens” Lifetime Achievement Award at Paramount Studios on Thursday, September 18, 2008, in Los Angeles. Producer Arnon Milchan, left, and C.O.O. and President of News Corporation Peter Chernin arrive at "From Vision to Reality” hosted by Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI) and the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles honoring Milchan with the “Legacy of Citizens” Lifetime Achievement Award at Paramount Studios on Thursday, September 18, 2008, in Los Angeles.
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JERUSALEM — Stories about Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan’s alleged double life have been circulating for years.

Now, the Israeli businessman behind hits like “Pretty Woman,” ‘’Fight Club” and “L.A. Confidential” has finally come forth with a stunning admission — for years he served as an Israeli spy, buying arms on its behalf and boosting its alleged nuclear program.

In a far-reaching interview aired Monday with Israel’s Channel 2 TV’s flagship investigative program “Uvda,” Milchan detailed a series of clandestine affairs in which he was involved and particularly how he helped purchase technologies Israel allegedly needed to operate nuclear bombs.

“I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,” said Milchan, who ran a successful fertilizer company in Israel before making it big in Hollywood.

Even there, he says he continued with his clandestine work while maintaining close ties with Israel’s leadership.

According to an unauthorized biography published two years ago, Milchan worked for Israel’s now-defunct Bureau of Scientific Relations, known as Lekem, which worked to obtain information for secret defense programs. The bureau was disbanded in 1987 after it was implicated in the spying affair for which Jonathan Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, was sentenced to life in prison.

Milchan also says other big Hollywood names were connected to his covert affairs.

“When I came to Hollywood I detached myself completely from my physical activities to dedicate myself to what I really wanted — filmmaking,” he said. “(But) sometimes it gets mixed up.”

The 68-year-old Milchan founded the New Regency film company and has produced more than 120 movies since the 1970s, working closely with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Sergio Leone and Oliver Stone. He forged an especially close relationship with Robert De Niro, who along with actors Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, is featured in Uvda’s broadcast.

“I had heard but I wasn’t sure,” De Niro said, of Milchan’s activities. “I did ask him once and he told me that he was an Israeli and of course he would do these things for his country.”



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