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The Phil Spector Trial: We Watch Court TV So You Don't Have To (07/11)

July 11, 2007 9:16 AM ET

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY? Playwright John Barons took the stand as the first of a likely parade of defense witnesses that will testify about Lana Clarkson's "depressed" mental state leading up to her death. Barons had cast Clarkson for the part of Marilyn Monroe, her dream role, in a play he had written, only to fire her days before the play was to open. Barons said he only cast Clarkson because she was an acquaintance of filmmaker Roger Corman, and later dropped her from the production when she tried to claim responsibility for some script rewrites. The defense delicately attempted to paint Clarkson as a fame seeker while trying not to offend the jury by speaking too ill of her.

IS THIS GOOD OR BAD FOR SPECTOR? Neither. While the defense showed Clarkson might have been depressed after being fired, the prosecution got Barons to admit she was nowhere near suicidal from the ousting.

HAIR & WARDROBE UPDATE: Spector successfully coordinated his new wig with a silver-gray suit, periwinkle-blue shirt and blue tie.

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