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Spector tries to block statement
Phil Spector
Mr Spector produced records by The Beatles and The Ronettes
Defence lawyers in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector have tried to stop prosecutors obtaining a sworn statement he made in a separate case.

Prosecutors want a transcript and video of Mr Spector's deposition in a lawsuit he filed to retrieve a $1m (562,000) fee he paid his former defence lawyer.

His new defence argued it was protected by lawyer-client privilege. A hearing on the matter was set for 2 December.

Mr Spector, 65, has denied murdering actress Lana Clarkson, 40, in 2003.

His defence team have filed a motion arguing Mr Spector would not have given a statement to his former lawyer if he had "thought that his deposition would be anything but privileged and confidential".

The music producer filed a case against his former lawyer in the murder case, Robert Shapiro, after an acrimonious split.

The deposition in question was filed on 19 July 2005.

Lana Clarkson
Lana Clarkson died at Mr Spector's mansion in Alhambra

On Monday, Mr Spector's lawyers asked that an apparent admission made by the music producer to police after a woman was shot dead be ruled out of his trial.

They said comments made after Lana Clarkson died at Mr Spector's home are inadmissible as he had prescription drug withdrawal symptoms.

Mr Spector allegedly said: "I didn't mean to shoot her."

A hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday will decide if the statements will be included at his trial in January.

Mr Spector, known for his "wall of sound" production technique, has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1m (565,000) bail.

If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

Ms Clarkson starred in Roger Corman's cult film Barbarian Queen and had been working as a hostess at the House of Blues venue in Hollywood.

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