“Phil has quite a mouth on him,” says longtime pal and defender Steven Escobar. “Not everyone understands his humor. He said the wrong thing to the wrong inmate in the yard.”
Afterwards, Spector wound up with a bruised nose, black eye and the loss of a couple of caps, according to Escobar.
“He mouthed off to a big guy, who punched him,” said another source close to Spector, who’s serving 19-to-life for fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson in the mouth in 2003.
“At first, Phil said he fell down a flight of stairs,” says Escobar. “Later, he told family and friends what really happened.”
A spokesman for Spector’s wife, Rachelle, initially corroborated that there was an incident in November, saying : “There are still safety concerns. We don’t want the people who put him in this position to retaliate.” But later, Rachelle called to say, “Phil was not assaulted. Absolutely not”.
On the other side, a Corcoran spokesman, Lt. Stephen Smith, says: “We have no reports that he was involved in any altercations.”
Even so, Spector, 70, did visit a dentist outside of prison in December because “he had an abscess and issues with crowns and implants.”
While Mrs. Spector, 29, argues that “anyone who meets Phil loves him. He’s so freakin’ funny. He’s an idol to the other inmates. They look out for him. They also know he was wrongfully convicted”, Spector himself complains about his fellow prisoners in a letter to Escobar last August: “These lowlife scumbag gangsters kill you here for a 39-cent bag of soup!”
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