Just hours before Lana Clarkson was found dead in producer Phil Spector’s Los Angeles area mansion early Monday, the two were seen leaving the Sunset Strip House of Blues, where the actress worked.
Clarkson was a hostess in the Foundation Room, the West Hollywood club’s VIP section, but she had only worked there for a few weeks, according to a House of Blues spokesperson.
Although Spector’s friends have said the producer was a frequent customer at the Foundation Room, an employee said Spector had not been seen with Clarkson prior to early Monday morning.
Former Judas Priest singer Rob Halford performed at the club on Sunday night, but the employee said Spector didn’t arrive until around 2 a.m. Monday, leaving with Clarkson an hour later. The employee said others left with the couple, but only Clarkson was seen getting into the producer’s car.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the slaying (see “Woman Slain At Phil Spector’s Mansion Identified” ), would not comment on Spector’s relationship with Clarkson or other details of the case.
Other police sources have said they believe Clarkson was killed by a single gunshot and that officers spent Tuesday combing through Spector’s mansion in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra for evidence.
Authorities have set a March 3 arraignment date for Spector, who applied his influential Wall of Sound production technique to artists ranging from the Beatles to the Ramones.
Spector had a reputation as a violent recluse (see “Phil Spector: Mad Genius, By Kurt Loder” ), although friends have spoken out since his arrest, saying he is harmless.
Clarkson was a star of B-movie classics like “Amazon Women on the Moon” but also appeared in the hits “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Scarface.”
“Lana was a beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, and an adventurous spirit,” Roger Corman, who directed her “Barbarian Queen” and other movies, said in a statement. “Always brave, she performed all of her own stunts and showed unusual fortitude and athleticism in her horseback riding and fight sequences.”
Roderick J. Lindblom, Clarkson’s lawyer, issued a statement thanking “Lana’s extended family, friends and fans for the outpouring of love and support that they have shown during this extremely difficult time.”