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Judge says Spector can’t delay lawsuit

Record producer Phil Spector lost a bid Friday to delay court proceedings on lawsuits involving his former assistant until his murder trial is over.Superior Court Judge Lee Smalley Edmon ruled that since Spector was first to file suit against Michelle Blaine he will have to live with the consequences of that decision.Spector claimed in his lawsuit that Blaine siphoned hundreds of thousands of doll
/ Source: The Associated Press

Record producer Phil Spector lost a bid Friday to delay court proceedings on lawsuits involving his former assistant until his murder trial is over.

Superior Court Judge Lee Smalley Edmon ruled that since Spector was first to file suit against Michelle Blaine he will have to live with the consequences of that decision.

Spector claimed in his lawsuit that Blaine siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from his accounts.

Blaine then countersued, claiming she never stole from Spector but was given large amounts of money to keep her from testifying against him in the death of actress Lana Clarkson.

Among Blaine’s allegations was sexual harassment.

Spector, 66, is seeking repayment of money along with unspecified damages.

His murder trial was recently postponed until January. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail.

Spector’s lawyers argued that the filing of Blaine’s cross-complaint could allow prosecutors to obtain information for his criminal case that might not otherwise be available.

The judge suggested that Spector has the option of dismissing the civil suit if he wants to avoid discovery procedures.

A May 24 hearing was scheduled on a motion by Blaine to take Spector’s deposition.