Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Tuesday, 10.21.2014
Classifieds
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4  5
 6  7  8  9  10  11  12
 13  14  15  16  17  18  19
 20  21  22  23  24  25  26
 27  28  29  30  31
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local




Members Of



Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

May 10,2007
Two women help prosecutors show Spector's violent streak
by Matt Krasnowski

LOS ANGELES - Trying to show a pattern of violence that ended with murder, prosecutors called on two women who dated Phil Spector to testify Wednesday that the acclaimed rock 'n' roll producer threatened them with guns when they wanted to leave him.

Photographer Stephanie Jennings and former waitress Melissa Grosvenor were the third and fourth women to testify in Spector's murder trial about how the pop music legend could be witty and charming but quickly turn vicious.

Prosecutors contend that Spector's conduct in these incidents fits their theory of how he shot actress Lana Clarkson, 40, in his mansion's foyer on Feb. 3, 2003. In police photographs of Clarkson, a leopard-print purse is slung over her shoulder as if she were preparing to head out the door.

Grosvenor, who lived in New York when she dated Spector in 1991, told jurors she was visiting him at his former home in Pasadena after they had dinner at a restaurant. His demeanor darkened when she told him she wanted to return to her hotel.

"He walked up, held the gun to my face between my eyes and said, 'If you try to leave, I'm going to kill you,'" she testified.

Grosvenor said Spector was speaking wildly and she was "scared." But amid Spector's threats, she somehow fell asleep, she said.

Spector woke her later. He said nothing of his threats and she was afraid to mention it, she said. She returned to New York later that day.During a brief cross-examination, which is set to continue Thursday, Spector lawyer Roger Rosen noted that Grosvenor was convicted in 1989 of embezzlement when she worked at Georgia bank.

Earlier, jurors heard from Jennings, a Philadelphia-based photographer who dated Spector in the mid-1990s until an early-morning incident in 1995 after they attended Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction festivities in New York.

Spector came to her hotel suite "definitely drunk," demanding that she go to his room, Jennings said. They argued and she started to pack her things. At one point, he struck her, she shoved him and he fell into a bathtub.

Spector left but returned holding a handgun and blocked the door to her suite. With Spector still in the room, she called 911.

Police came, Spector left and Jennings was able to leave the hotel.

But under cross-examination, Rosen grilled Jennings about statements she previously made to detectives, including that she continued to see Spector and that she did not feel threatened by him. Rosen also had Jennings acknowledged that she was paid $1,000 by the National Enquirer for an interview and photographs after Clarkson's death.

887 times read

Related news
Spector trial's first witness tells of terror by Matt Krasnowski posted on Apr 27,2007

Woman says normally funny Spector turned 'demonic' by Matt Krasnowski posted on May 08,2007

Jurors hear another Spector gun tale by Matt Krasnowski posted on May 15,2007

Forensic pathologist in Spector case claims suicide by Dan Laidman and Matt Krasnowsk posted on Jun 29,2007

Spector defense tries to chip away at chauffeur's credibility by Matt Krasnowski posted on May 23,2007

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 4 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County
Fairgrounds

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum

Advertisements



Deschutes County

Google  
  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
Advertisement
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?