The LA Times is reporting that mother of the actress killed by Phil Spector has settled her wrongful death case against Mr.Spector. The settlement comes exactly 9 years after Mr. Spector, the famed music producer, shot her in his California mansion.
The mother’s attorney indicated that the terms of the settlement were confidential and that she was relieved that the wrongful death case is now concluded. The actress’s mother was called as a witness, and on a daily basis attended Phil Spector’s criminal trial. Mr. Spector was ultimately convicted. She testified at the criminal trial that her daughter was happy and positive, not suicidal, as Mr. Spector’s defense counsel had implied.
Former female associates of Spector testified at the criminal trial that Spector had threatened them with firearms within incidents as far back as the 1970’s. There was other evidence introduced with regard to what was described as Mr. Spector’s love for guns and his bully-like behavior in the recording studio.
Phil Spector’s insurance carrier retained a lawyer to interpose a legal defense against the wrongful death case. Mr. Spector, however, who is now incarcerated and is serving a 19 year to life sentence agreed to settle the civil suit. Mr. Spector had a storied career working with John Lennon, The Beatles and Tina and Ike Turner. Phil Spector produced extremely successful songs such as The Ronettes’ Be My Baby and the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.