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Ex-Cop Testifies on Spector Threats

Posted Jul 10, 2007 2:57 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A judge reversed himself and allowed a security guard to testify that music producer Phil Spector once said that all women deserve a bullet in their heads.

The statement is a blow to the defense in Spector’s trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarson, who was killed by a gunshot to the mouth, the Los Angeles Times reports. The defense contends Clarkson committed suicide.

Former New York City police detective Vincent Tannazzo testified yesterday that he was working security for Joan Rivers when he ejected Spector from holiday parties two years in a row. The first time, Spector said all women "deserve a bullet in their heads," and the second time, Spector threatened to put a bullet in the head of a woman getting out of the elevator, Tannazzo said.

Judge Larry Paul Fidler said Tannazzo’s testimony was relevant to Clarkson’s shooting and should be admitted. When he previously barred the alleged statements, Fidler said, he hadn’t realized they specifically mentioned shooting women in the head.

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