Phil Spector trial: Day 35

'Punkin Pie' completes her third day of testimony

Club promoter Punkin Laughlin completed a third day of testimony today, admitting that she held back information in her initial statement to the police.

Laughlin, also known as “Punkin Pie” , said she was the best friend of actress Lana Clarkson who was found dead at the mansion of Phil Spector in February 2003.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that the music producer shot and killed the actress while the defence are arguing that she committed accidental suicide.

Laughlin testified that Clarkson was depressed in the months leading up to her death, and frequently complained about her money problems and stalling career.

However, in her statements to the police soon after Clarkson’s death, Laughlin did not mention the actresses supposed depression, and in her testimony told defence attorney Robert J. Rosen that she “had to hold back things” as she “didn’t want to hurt people”.

She was also asked about supposedly saying Spector should “fry” for killing Clarkson. She said she had no recollection of saying such a thing.

Also today Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ruled that notorious Hollywood madam Jody “Babydol” Gibson would not be allowed to testify at this point. He said she may testify at a later date. Fidler said Gibson’s testimony was “inadmissible and irrelevant”. The madam was expected to allege that Clarkson worked as a high class call-girl for her.

In a memoir written by Gibson, she wrote about a “tall blonde call-girl” who she sent to the Bel-Air hotel to meet with a Texan politician and who was later found “murdered in the home of a wealthy record producer,”

Fidler ordered that Gibson refrain from talking to the media about the case.

–By our New York staff.

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