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Spector hires OJ's lawyer for murder case
The Times ^ | February 5, 2003 | Chris Ayres

Posted on 02/04/2003 3:26:33 PM PST by MadIvan

PHIL SPECTOR, the record producer charged with murder, has employed O. J. Simpson’s lawyer to lead his defence.

Robert Shapiro, who secured a not guilty verdict for Mr Simpson, was asked to represent Mr Spector shortly after his release on bail of $1 million (£600,000) yesterday. Mr Simpson, a former American football star, was acquitted of double murder in 1995.

Mr Spector, 62, was charged after police found the body of a woman at his mock château in Alhambra, a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. She had been shot dead.

The police named the victim as Lana Clarkson, 40, an actress who attracted a cult following for her roles in films such as Barbarian Queen and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Her body was found sprawled in the marble entrance hall of Mr Spector’s home. Mr Spector’s black Mercedes, with the driver’s door wide open, was still parked outside the house yesterday. It had been cordoned off by the police.

Neighbours said that they had been woken by shooting in the early hours of Monday. “I heard the boom, boom, boom. It was about three or four shots,” Terrie Arias, a neighbour, said. “I just ignored them because I never thought it was a shooting.”

Police said they had found the weapon, but declined to say where. The authorities also declined to comment on the nature of Ms Clarkson’s relationship with the music producer, who revolutionised pop music in the 1960s with his “wall of sound”, a way of layering instruments and voices to create a dramatic backing track.

Police did confirm that the initial call reporting the shooting came from inside the Spector house.

The last hit single that Mr Spector worked on was John Lennon’s Instant Karma, released in 1970. He is best known for his work with acts such as the Righteous Brothers, the Crystals and the Ronettes in the 1960s. His contribution to the Beatles’ Let It Be has been the subject of controversy, with Paul McCartney saying recently that he was not happy with the producer’s work.

Ronnie Spector, the former member of the Ronnettes who was married to Mr Spector for six years, said yesterday that her former husband was paranoid but not mean. “I never thought he would ever kill anybody,” she said. “I ran away a lot of times when I was married to him because he would yell, but he would never hit me.” He had once drawn a gun on her. “He pulled a gun and I ran away because I was afraid, and I never saw him with a gun again,” she said.

According to Marvin Mitchelson, a Los Angeles lawyer and friend of Mr Spector, the music producer lived alone and did not have a girlfriend.

“His mental state has been great — very rational, very together, super-intelligent, a very funny man,” he said.

Marky Ramone, drummer for the Ramones, one of the many bands that worked with Mr Spector, said: “I don’t think he would hurt a fly. You are innocent until you are proven guilty. I don’t think Phil had it in him to murder anybody.”

The producer’s behaviour, however, has long raised eyebrows in the music business. He was well known for his fascination with firearms and once took to wearing a huge cross around his neck.

“It had to stop,” Mr Spector said of his own behaviour in a 1977 Los Angeles Times interview. “Being the rich millionaire in the mansion and then dressing up as Batman. I have to admit I did enjoy it to a certain extent. But I began to realise it was very unhealthy.”

Mr Spector, who was inducted into the rock’n’roll Hall of Fame in 1989, produced his first number onehit for the Teddy Bears. It was a ballad called To Know Him is to Love Him. The title was taken from the inscription on the gravestone of his father, Benjamin, who killed himself when Mr Spector was nine. At the time of the hit, Mr Spector was 18 and a high school pupil in Los Angeles. He was a multimillionaire by the age of 21, but his career was effectively over by the time he was 30.


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I'll bet the press are loving this - they've been waiting for OJ, The Sequel.

Regards, Ivan

1 posted on 02/04/2003 3:26:33 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: carl in alaska; Cautor; GOP_Lady; prairiebreeze; veronica; SunnyUsa; Delmarksman; Sparta; ...
Bump!
2 posted on 02/04/2003 3:26:46 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Lana Clarkson Tribute site

Check it out.


3 posted on 02/04/2003 3:32:02 PM PST by Shermy
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To: MadIvan
“I ran away a lot of times when I was married to him because he would yell, but he would never hit me.” He had once drawn a gun on her.

This bloke drew a gun on his ex-wife, and she didn't see him as dangerous?

Uh! Eh? Have I missed something?

4 posted on 02/04/2003 3:33:28 PM PST by Happygal
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To: MadIvan
Better said, it's her website, with a tribute set up for her recent passing away.


5 posted on 02/04/2003 3:34:12 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Happygal
Uh! Eh? Have I missed something?

It's not called "Hollyweird" for nothing, love.

Love, Ivan

6 posted on 02/04/2003 3:35:33 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
He Hit me (It Felt Like A Kiss)!
7 posted on 02/04/2003 3:37:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Someone left the cake out in the rain I dont think that I can take it coz it took so long to bake it)
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To: MadIvan
The producer’s behaviour, however, has long raised eyebrows in the music business. He was well known for his fascination with firearms and once took to wearing a huge cross around his neck.

A huge cross???? Say wha??

8 posted on 02/04/2003 3:37:48 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: MadIvan
Well dude, OJ's been looking for a golf partner!
9 posted on 02/04/2003 3:38:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Someone left the cake out in the rain I dont think that I can take it coz it took so long to bake it)
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To: MadIvan
Knew what he was doin' when he caught my eye,

Da doo ron ron ron,
Da doo ron ron,

He looked so quiet but,
MY OH MY!
10 posted on 02/04/2003 4:20:00 PM PST by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: Shermy
She was Mrs. Vargus on Fast times.
11 posted on 02/04/2003 4:26:57 PM PST by angcat
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To: MadIvan
Bob to Phil:

"-- Phil baby, I know how you feel! I hate it too when B flick trash crashes the party at the big house! Doncha worry baby, we got O.J, off, we'll get you off! Say, let's do lunch with Jack and Julia on Friday at Le Petomane's. Kiss-kiss, ciao, baby!"

12 posted on 02/04/2003 6:49:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Someone left the cake out in the rain I dont think that I can take it coz it took so long to bake it)
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To: MadIvan
At the risk of suffering eternal flaming, I admit I met Phil Spector in 1969 at his studio on Sunset Blvd., LA. Spector is famous for his generosity as a host, but he never had a reputation as a outlandish or difficult guy. My impression was, he was reticent, could easily be a recluse. An objective-minded, but tolerant man. He married a black woman in the 1960's--not an easy choice.

I have never been to his home. Alhambra is near Pasadena. I find this somewhat revealing. Way outside the Hollywood loop. A haven of Arts & Crafts architecture. This is old school money in CA. The Gambel House, The Norton Simon Museum, The Huntingtoin Library, etc. A place you could raise children.

I suppose the fact that he was a gun collector will be used against him in the PR war yet to come. I understand the song, "To Know Him is To Love Him" was written as a tribute to Spector's father. Sorry he has fallen on such bad times.

13 posted on 02/04/2003 8:39:30 PM PST by GVnana
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To: GVgirl
This is not a flame, but I believe "To Know Him is to Love Him" was written as a tribute to Phil's grandfather, who committed suicide when Phil was very young.
14 posted on 02/05/2003 7:07:52 AM PST by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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