Pop superstar Cher admits she was not shocked when Phil Spector ended up in prison because his early life was so troubled. Spector was jailed for 19 years-to-life in 2009 after being found guilty of fatally shooting the actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003. Now Cher, who worked as a back-up singer for Spector’s acts The Righteous Brothers and The Crystals in his 1960s heyday, has broken her silence about the producer’s incarceration, hinting he was on a path to destruction because of his bizarre family history. She tells Britain’s The Sun newspaper, “I was surprised but I wasn’t shocked (after the murder conviction). It’s so sad but his parents were first cousins and his sister was in an asylum, so he had a troubled life, but he was a genius. Watching him make records was amazing – the talent he had.”
However, the singer won’t allow Spector’s demise to tarnish her memories of her early days in the studio: “Singing back-up on The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ was fun to do. It was a brilliant song and Phillip (Spector) kept saying, ‘Cher, back up, back up’, because my voice cut through. I remember (Beach Boys star) Brian Wilson came to hear it and I was the only girl on the session.”
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Movie producer Phil Spector has asked a California appeals court to overturn his murder conviction on the grounds the trial judge swayed the jury by pointing to blood spots at the hitmaker’s home in a photo demonstration.
Spector is currently serving 19 years to life for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson but maintains his victim committed suicide at his Alhambra, California mansion.
Now his lawyer, Dennis Riordan, has urged a state appellate panel to reconsider the evidence and the actions of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler, who appeared in photographs pointing at the location of crucial blood evidence.
Prosecutors showed the photos in their closing arguments, insisting they proved the actress’ death was not suicide or an accident.
On Tuesday (April 12), Riordan told the three-judge panel the photos were unprecedented, and helped sway the jury to a decision.
The attorney told the judges that Spector’s defense team had asked Fidler to tell jurors not to consider the photos as evidence and he had refused.
The appeals court judges have 90 days to issue a ruling.
Ronnie Spector has reached out to her incarcerated ex-husband, Phil Spector, while he serves his time behind bars, revealing she has written to the music mogul but has not had a response.
The embattled star is currently serving 19 years to life in prison following his May, 2009 conviction for the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra, California home in 2003.
The former Ronettes star, who was married to the famed producer between 1968 and 1974, admits she was upset by his conviction and wishes him the best as he serves his time.
She tells the New York Post, “I don’t know what I could do at this point to help him. He’s doing 19 to life. He’ll be there forever. We divorced in ’74, and I’m married to my new husband 20 years, but I don’t want to be mean. I wrote to him. I’ve not heard back.”