Prosecutors have asked the judge presiding over Phil Spector's murder trial to permit evidence suggesting the legendary music producer has a history of threatening people with firearms.

The motion, which was filed last month (17FEB05), details nine occasions when Spector allegedly pointed a weapon at someone - including women he dated, singer Leonard Cohen and a television producer.

The Wall Of Sound icon is accused of shooting B-movie actress LANA CLARKSON dead in February 2003 as she tried to leave his home in suburban Alhambra, California. Spector maintains his innocence, claiming she committed suicide.

According to court documents which were made public yesterday (14MAR05), Spector allegedly put an arm around Cohen's shoulders while producing his 1977 album DEATH OF A LADIES MAN, pointed a semiautomatic pistol at his chest and said, "I love you, Leonard."

The prosecution listed five occasions when the 65-year-old allegedly pulled guns on women, three of whom testified at the grand jury hearing leading to his indictment.

In 1972 Spector was sentenced to a year's probation after pleading guilty to carrying a loaded gun in a public place. In 1975 he was given a further two years' probation after admitting brandishing a weapon.

Superior Court Judge LARRY P FIDLER is expected to rule on the motion 23 May (05), while Spector's trial is scheduled to begin on 16 September (05).

15/03/2005 14:09