Phil Spector is already in prison, convicted of the second-degree murder of actress and fashion model Lana Clarkson and it is not known when, or even if, he will be released. He will be at least 88 years old before he is eligible for parole.
But soon, he may also be facing a wrongful death suit. He is being sued by the family of his victim for damages.
Legendary music producer Spector was convicted in 2009 in connection with the death of Lana Clarkson in 2003. She was shot at Spector’s house in what he claimed was an accidental suicide, although he also said “I think I just shot her.” Lana was aged 40 at the time.
Now Phil Spector is serving 19 years to life in prison for her second degree murder.
The Clarkson family have now launched a civil action against Spector. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him, and will hear on Friday (May 6) whether they can proceed to trial. A January 9 date has been provisionally set for the beginning of the trial in Pasadena, California. The Clarkson family is seeking unspecified damages against Spector.
Spector (71) produced major global music acts like the Ramones and the Beatles. He is also credited with having created the famous “wall of sound” production technique.
The case for damages for wrongful death sought by the Clarkson family is dependent upon another court case, though. Spector is appealing his criminal murder conviction and a ruling on that is expected this July. If his appeal fails, it will add strength to the January 2012 appeal for wrongful death damages for the Clarksons.