LOS ANGELES — An attorney for Phil Spector’s wife called a divorce filing by the imprisoned music producer heartbreakingly bizarre and said she has provided the best possible care for him.
Attorney Aaron Abramowitz wrote in a statement Tuesday that Rachelle Spector has been devoted to her husband and has been providing him support and the best possible care while he is incarcerated.
“This whole situation is heartbreakingly bizarre,” Abramowitz wrote. “It is regrettable that Mr. Spector has failed to recognize the efforts made by Rachelle in spending tens of thousands of dollars on his medical and dental costs while incarcerated.”
Court records in Stockton, California, show Spector filed for divorce on March 18. A copy of his filing, which was first reported by celebrity website TMZ, was not immediately available.
Spector, 75, is housed at a prison facility in Stockton that provides medical and mental health care to the state’s sickest inmates, including those with chronic conditions.
He is famous for revolutionizing rock music with his “Wall of Sound” that merged beautiful vocal harmonies with lavish orchestral arrangements to produce such pop hits as “Da Doo Ron Ron,” ”Be My Baby,” ”He’s a Rebel” and the Righteous Brothers’ version of “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling.”
Abramowitz said Rachelle Spector obtained her pilots license to make it easier to visit her husband.
The Spectors met at a Hollywood restaurant in 2003, shortly after he was arrested in the shooting death of Lana Clarkson. The producer was later convicted of killing Clarkson and is serving sentence of 19 years to life.
The pair married in 2006, and Rachelle Spector has been running her husband’s businesses while he is imprisoned. She also obtained a private investigator license to assist with her husband’s appeal of the conviction.
Phil Spector’s attorney, John H. McKinley, had no immediate comment on Abramowitz’s statement Tuesday.