In his first interview since he was arrested in connection with the February murder of Lana Clarkson, Phil Spector declared his innocence and said the actress shot herself.
The producer told Esquire magazine that Clarkson "kissed the gun" before pulling the trigger (see "Woman Slain At Phil Spector's Mansion Identified").
"I have no idea why," he said in the magazine's July issue. "I never knew her, never even saw her before that night. I have no idea who she was or what her agenda was."
In the interview, a rambling Spector said he had no idea where Clarkson got the gun and alleged he called the police after the incident. Investigators did not returns calls for comment on Wednesday (June 4).
The producer, who has not been charged, also said she was loud and drunk and even grabbed a bottle of tequila from the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood where she was working before the two left together on February 3 (see "Phil Spector Met Shooting Victim At Club Where She Worked").
"She asked me for a ride home, then she wanted to see the castle," Spector told the magazine. "I was not drunk. I wasn't drunk at all. There is no case. She killed herself ... It's 'Anatomy of a Frame-Up.' I didn't do anything wrong. ... If they had a case, I'd be sitting in jail right now."
Although Spector, who was released after posting $1 million bail, claims he has been cleared, authorities are still investigating the case and say it will take months to gather evidence.
Spector's story differs from that of the investigators, who all but ruled out suicide in March (see "Lawyers, Investigators Address Alleged Phil Spector E-Mail Claiming Innocence").
The producer, who told a journalist he was "relatively insane" weeks before his arrest and certainly had that reputation (see "Phil Spector: Mad Genius, By Kurt Loder"), also used the Esquire interview to lash out at his attorney, O.J. Simpson defender Robert Shapiro, for allegedly charging him more than $1 million.
"When Robert came in, as a courtesy, as a favor, he shoulda gotten me outta jail," Spector said. "As a courtesy, not for seven figures. I've taken him for $300,000 worth of gifts and rides and plane trips. I wasn't a referral. I was his best friend."
Spector also said he was furious with another friend, lawyer Marvin Mitchelson, for talking about the case with reporters.