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Spector restates murder innocence
Phil Spector
Mr Spector will stand trial in September
Music pioneer Phil Spector has reiterated his innocence over the death of an actress at his home in a BBC documentary.

Mr Spector says Lana Clarkson's death was "a tragedy but it could have happened in anybody's house", adding that he believed she shot herself.

The 64-year-old is awaiting trial for the murder of Clarkson, 40, who died in February 2003.

Mr Spector was speaking as part of BBC One's Secret Map of Hollywood show.

He contends Ms Clarkson put a gun to her lips and shot herself.

'Weapons drawn'

"It's not for me to explain why she took her life. It's only for me to explain that I had nothing to do with it and I didn't," said Mr Spector.

"This prosecution is bogus. I mean it has to be because of who I am."

Mr Spector is credited with inventing the "wall of sound" technique and helping the careers of Cher and the Ronettes.

He says the police over-reacted when they arrived at his Alhambra mansion following the death, using a Taser gun with "50,000 watts of electricity".

"They behaved like cowboys. I had no weapon. I'm five foot five. They came in with weapons drawn," he said.

He added: "It has to be because I live in a castle. It has to be a frame up because it's not based on real evidence.

"I had nothing to do with her death and three coroners have stated that. Case closed, move on, you know."

A judge has set a trial date for the long-running case for 16 September.

The Secret Map of Hollywood, presented by Jonathan Ross, is broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday 16 March at 2240.

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