Rivers' Employees Testify At Spector Retrial
LATEST: Two of comedienne Joan Rivers' personal employees have testified in Phil Spector's murder retrial, accusing the music producer of using guns to threaten women.
Spector is being retried on charges of murdering 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson by shooting her in the mouth at his Alhambra, California mansion in February 2003.
Rivers' security guard, retired New York city police detective Vincent Tannazzo, told the jury at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (03Nov08) that Spector had been ejected from the star's Christmas parties in two consecutive years after allegedly pulling out a gun and declaring all women should be shot.
Tannazzo claimed Spector was "out of control" and "ranting" at both holiday gatherings, and during one incident, he even declared that women "deserve a bullet in their heads".
Rivers' manager Dorothy Melvin, who dated Spector in the 1990s, also took the witness stand and recalled how she had been threatened on one occasion by Spector, who had been wielding a shotgun.
Melvin described a visit to Spector's Pasadena home in 1993 when she had fallen asleep - only to awake and find Spector outside pointing a gun at her car.
When she protested, he allegedly smacked her in the face with the shotgun and chased her down the driveway as she fled the scene in her car.
A jury reached a deadlock in favour of convicting Spector last year (07), prompting a Los Angeles judge to declare a mistrial.
The retrial got underway in October (08) and is expected to last several months.