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Retired NYPD officer testifies at Spector retrial

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A security guard for Joan Rivers testified in Phil Spector’s murder retrial that the music producer was ejected from two of the star’s Christmas parties for brandishing a gun and declaring that all women should be shot.

Rivers’ manager, who dated Spector in the 1990s, also took the witness stand and told of being threatened by him with a gun.

Vincent Tannazzo, a retired New York City police detective who now occasionally works for Rivers, testified that Spector turned toward a woman leaving a party and said, "I ought to put a bullet in her head right now."


He also said Spector was "ranting" and used an obscenity to describe women.

"He kept saying (the obscenity) over and over again," Tannazzo testified. "He was out of control. He was just yelling over and over again."

Spector is being retried on charges of murdering 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the mouth in Spector’s mansion in 2003. The jury in Spector’s first trial deadlocked last year on a 10-2 vote with the majority favoring conviction on second-degree murder.

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