Prosecutors are trying to make a case that Phil Spector has a “long history of gun-related violence directed at women” and have asked a judge to allow testimony from an ex-girlfriend who alleges he pointed a gun at her head twice, the Associated Press reports.
Spector, 66, is charged with killing actress Lana Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003. According to grand jury transcripts released in January 2005, Spector told police he’d shot Clarkson accidentally, though he later suggested she’d taken her own life. Spector has pleaded not guilty.
In court documents filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said testimony about the incidents with his ex – which happened decades ago – should be admitted as evidence in the legendary record producer s upcoming trial, the AP reports.
The woman in question is Devra Robitaille, who worked at Warner Spector Records from 1974 to 1977. She told investigators that one night Spector held a shotgun or rifle against her forehead when she tried to leave his home after a party.
According to the court documents she said: “Spector, who was drunk, made some sort of joke and then said, ‘Just so you know, I’ll blow your (expletive) head off’ or ‘If you try to leave, I’ll blow your (expletive) brains out,'” the AP reports. Robitaille told Spector to “knock that off and put that away,” and he finally let her leave. She claims a similar incident occurred a decade later, when she had taken a job as Spector’s part-time assistant.
The prosecution already has testimony lined up from four other women who claim Spector threatened them with a gun.
Jury selection was scheduled to resume April 16, according to the AP, with the trial, which will be televised, expected to start April 30.
Spector is famed for creating the “wall of sound” in the 1960s, which revolutionized rock music. Clarkson was best known as the star of the cult film Barbarian Queen.