Legendary music producer Phil Spector had a “very rich history of violence against women” that culminated with him shooting dead an actress in his castle-style home outside Los Angeles four years ago, a prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday.
Opening the long-delayed murder trial of the reclusive rock genius, prosecutor Alan Jackson said the evidence would paint a picture of a man who “turns sinister, turns deadly” when confronted in some circumstances.
Spector, 67, best known for his innovative “Wall of Sound” recording technique and work in the 1960s with The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers and The Ronettes, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of actress Lana Clarkson on February 3, 2003.
Clarkson, 40, who Spector had met at a Hollywood club on the night of her death, was shot in the mouth.
A picture of the scene of the crime displayed in court on Wednesday showed the actress splayed in a chair in the entrance of Spector’s home, wearing a black dress, with her face and mouth covered in blood.
“Lana Clarkson … was simply the last in a long line of women who fell victim to Philip Spector over the years,” said Jackson. “He put a loaded pistol in Lana Clarkson’s mouth and he shot her to death.”
Spector’s defence attorney is expected to respond with suggestions that Clarkson, the star of such films as “Amazon Women on the Moon” and “Barbarian Queen,” killed herself.