The prosecutor in the Phil Spector trial alleges a pattern of threatsf rom the music producer, while the defense cites his talent, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson used much of his 90-minute opening statement to link actress Lana Clarkson’s death to a pattern of threats the prosecutor said the gun-wielding, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer had made in the past against women who resisted his advances.
Describing an alleged 1988 incident, Jackson painstakingly detailed the way Spector intimidated a different woman at his home. “She had her purse on her shoulder, she was standing in the foyer,” Jackson said.
Spector “at gunpoint ordered her to sit down … he pressed the barrel of the gun against her face, her neck, driving the barrel into her cheek and forehead,” Jackson said.
Jackson did not explicitly say so, but his description of the 1988 incident coincided with the basic facts of Clarkson’s death: She was found slumped in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s Alhambra faux castle, her leopard-skin purse on her shoulder, as if she had been ready to leave.
Spector emerged from the house, Jackson said, and told his driver, “I think I killed somebody.”
Jurors sat somberly throughout Jackson’s statement, showing no expression even as the prosecutor projected photographs of Clarkson’s limp body in the red-carpeted hallway, the lower half of her face mangled and red with blood. Spector did not appear to look at the photo, and at times seemed nervous, occasionally shaking his head from side to side as if to say, “No.”