Spector met victim at nightclub hours before her death. B-movie actress Lana Clarkson was working as a hostess at the House of Blues

By Gary Susman
February 05, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Phil Spector, the legendary record producer, and Lana Clarkson, the B-movie actress whose murder early Monday morning he’s charged with, apparently met only hours before her death. According to wire service reports, she had been working lately as a hostess at the House of Blues on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, where Spector attended a concert Sunday night by former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.

”She was not somebody he was involved with until that night,” Spector’s friend, attorney Marvin Mitchelson, told the New York Daily News. ”And I’ve known almost every woman he’s ever dated.” Clarkson’s agent, Ray Cavaleri, also told the Daily News that she didn’t know Spector before.

Clarkson, the statuesque 41-year-old star of such cult pictures as ”Barbarian Queen” and ”Deathstalker,” was found shot to death at Spector’s home in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra early Monday. The 62-year-old producer, hitmaker for such vintage acts as the Ronettes and the Righteous Brothers, was charged with first-degree murder and released on $1 million bail later that day. His defense attorney is Robert Shapiro, the lawyer best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson; Shapiro suggested to the Daily News that someone other than Spector might have been present at the home where the famously reclusive Spector lives alone, though he added, ”I don’t know answers to any of this.”

Spector’s arrest came a day after the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph published a rare interview with the producer, conducted at the Alhambra mansion. In the interview, conducted a month before the shooting, Spector told the paper, ”I would say I’m probably relatively insane, to an extent. I take medication for schizophrenia, but I wouldn’t say I’m schizophrenic. But I have a bipolar personality, which is strange. I’m my own worst enemy. I have devils inside that fight me.”