Phil Spector sues former attorney

Producer alleges attorney failed to adequately defend him in murder trial

Phil Spector sues former attorney
Phil Spector has filed a lawsuit against the former attorney who once represented him in his murder trial.

The famed producer is seeking a refund of the $1 million fee he paid to attorney Robert Shapiro, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles yesterday (December 19).

Spector alleges that Shapiro's work on the case was inadequate and may have led prosecutors to file formal charges against him, reports the Associated Press.

He also alleges that the attorney cheated him and used their personal relationship to enrich himself.

A year following Spector's 2003 arrest, he fired Shapiro and hired a new legal team.

This is the second time Spector has filed suit against Shapiro. He dropped the previous suit in 2005 with the stipulation that he would have the option of suing again at a later date. Shapiro denied Spector's claims in the first lawsuit, arguing that his work was "impeccable".

Spector's murder trial ended in a mistrial earlier this year after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict. He is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Spector is due to be retried next year.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
[url="/about"] Find out more about NME.[/url]

Read More On This Artist

More News
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger snapped in the studio with One Direction
The Pop Group share video for new single 'Mad Truth' – watch
Sleaford Mods slam Kasabian's 'rock 'n' roll is dead' comments at London...
TI wants Iggy Azalea to forget about social media beefs and focus on her music
Palma Violets bring chaos as they preview new material at tiny Scunthorpe gig
Rihanna shares behind the scenes clip of Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaboration video
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland on recent Instagram comments: "It's a joke with truth...
Gorillaz creator Jamie Hewllet: 'Yes Gorillaz Returns'
'The Wire' star Dominic West raps to promote new film 'Guillemot'
Bobby Shmurda pleads not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder
FKA Twigs performs new song 'Figure 8' during Melbourne live show – watch
The Black Keys perform 'Weight of Love' and 'Howlin' For You' on...
Death Cab For Cutie perform 'Black Sun' on 'Letterman' – watch
Passion Pit confirm details of new album 'Kindred'
Big Sean, Kanye West and Drake team up on 'Blessings' – listen
Noel Gallagher: 'I don't agree with U2 on free music, I'd happily put an extra...
Limp Bizkit guitarist criticises his own fans ahead ShipRocked cruise performance
Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry on stage during Super Bowl half-time show
Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler describes bar room brawl as 'unfortunate altercation'
Fall Out Boy say their new album is 'modern rock of the future'
Man faces ban from Parklife festival after 'boasting' about touting tickets
The Jesus And Mary Chain offer local bands support slots on their February UK tour

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM