In an Esquire magazine interview published today, Phil Spector claims actress Lana Clarkson shot herself in his mansion in February:
- "She kissed the gun. I have no idea why — (I) never knew her, I never even saw her before that night ... I have no idea who she was, or what her agenda was."
"She killed herself," Spector added in the interview with Esquire contributing editor Scott Raab. "If they had a case, I'd be sitting in jail right now."
He added that she had asked him for a ride home when the two met at the House of Blues nightclub, where Clarkson worked as a hostess.
"She was loud and drunk before we even left the House of Blues. She grabbed a bottle of tequila from the bar to take with her. I was not dunk. ... There is no case. She killed herself."
The Los Angeles County Coroners office has not ruled on the cause of death and no charges have been filed in the case in which the 40-year-old actress was dead in the foyer of Spector's mansion. He was arrested within hours of the Feb. 3 shooting on suspicion of murder and released on $1 million bond.
....The case's lead investigator has said it was still being investigated as a homicide. [Reuters]