By Simon Crittle
Jack Palladino, the private investigator hired by former President Bill Clinton during his 1992 campaign to help discredit women claiming extramarital affairs with him, last week suffered a serious head injury after being robbed outside of his San Francisco home.
Palladino, whose celebrity clients have also included Harvey Weinstein, Don Johnson, Kevin Costner, Robin Williams, Huey Newton and Snoop Dogg, fell onto the pavement outside his home when the robber grabbed his new camera from around his neck, the San Francisco Police Department said.
On Sunday, two men were arrested in connection with the robbery. They are Lawrence Thomas, 24, of Pittsburg, and Tyjone Flournoy, 23, of San Francisco, police said.
Palladino and his wife Sandra Sutherland became a private detective team after they met in the mid-1970s while investigating alleged prisoner abuses at a New York prison at the request of the Long Island district attorney.
He had previously been hired by the Hearst family to assist after their daughter Patty was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army and interviewed survivors of the Peoples Temple religious cult’s 1978 mass suicide. He also helped protect the credibility of a Big Tobacco whistleblower in the 1990s when the industry tried to smear him.