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Friends of Lana Clarkson protest HBO film “Phil Spector”

On February 3, 2003, fashion model and sci-fi movie actress Lana Clarkson was fatally shot in the mansion of famed music producer Phil Spector, who at his prime was connected to acts like The Beatles and Tina Turner. Clarkson was 40 years old.

During the first trial, in 2007, Spector argued that Clarkson's death was an "accidental suicide," saying that she "kissed the gun." However, a jury found Spector guilty of murder in 2009 and he was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Director David Mamet, who in 2011 suggested that Spector might be innocent, has taken the tragic story to television in an HBO film, "Phil Spector," set to debut on Sunday, March 24. CBS describes the TV movie, which stars Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, as "one of the more memorable TV events of the year."

But the Hollywood Reporter reports that Clarkson's friends, including publicist Edward Lozzi, are protesting the film. Lozzi picketed the screening with a sign that read "HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’ murders the truth. No Emmy for the film that hurts people alive today." THR reports:

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