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Phil Spector Sued by 'The Ronettes'

December 27, 2010


Phil Spector, the legendary record producer who was convicted of murder in 2009, is being sued by the 1960s group "The Ronettes."

KTLA News reported that members of "The Ronettes" -- Spector's ex-wife Ronnie Greenfield, Darlene Love, and the estates of Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley Ross -- are seeking $150,000 in unpaid royalties and $1 million in damages.

The group won an initial lawsuit on this in 2006, but say Spector, 69, and his company have not made biannual payments as required, according to the Dime Wars website.

Spector had a long career as a record producer, developing the "Wall of Sound" production technique, and promoting groups such "The Beatles," "The Crystals" and "The Ramones."

He is currently in Cocoran State prison in California serving a 19-year term for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson, 40. She was found shot to death in February 2003 as his Alhambra mansion.

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