Phil Spector trial: Day 7

Friend portrays producer in a positive light

A friend of producer Phil Spector who was with him on the night of actress Lana Clarkson‘s death spent her second day on the witness stand today (May 14).

Spector is accused of murdering Clarkson on February 3, 2003 at his Los Angeles mansion.

Kathy Sullivan portrayed Spector in a largely positive light, saying he was courteous, generous and fun-loving. She testified that he was very protective of her and behaved in a fatherly way.

Defence attorney Roger J. Rosen objected to her testimony, but it was allowed by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler.

Sullivan stated that although Spector had consumed large amounts of alcohol the night of the murder, he was not out of control.

She did, however, recount an incident many years ago when she and a friend were leaving Spector‘s mansion, and he asked them to wait before driving away. He went inside and came back carrying a long gun -either a rifle or a shotgun, she said.

Sullivan said the gun made her feel uncomfortable, but she never felt threatened.

“The gun was never, ever pointed at you or your friend?” Rosen asked. “It was always pointed to the ground or at his side. It was never used?”

Sullivan agreed, saying the incident was more comical than frightening, and comparing him to the gun-wielding cartoon character Elmer Fudd.

Also taking the stand today were two employees of Trader Vic‘s in Los Angeles, who testified that Spector was at the restaurant drinking navy grogs on the night of Clarkson‘s death.

Last week Sullivan testified that Spector drank at three restaurants on the night of Clarkson‘s death, ending at the House of Blues, where he met Clarkson for the first time.

Jurors were shown security footage from the House of Blues showing Clarkson and Spector entering a limousine about 2:24 a.m. on February 3, reports the Los Angeles Times. She was found shot to death less than three hours later.

The tape sets up the much-anticipated testimony of Spector‘s chauffeur, Andriano DeSouza, who may testify tomorrow (May 15).

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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