A former NYPD officer has told the jury in the murder of retrial of Phil Spector that the producer made threatening and violent remarks towards women.

Vincent Tannazzo, a retired detective who occasionally works as a security guard for comedienne Joan Rivers, said Spector was removed from two of rivers' Christmas parties for brandishing a gun and declaring that all women should be shot.

Spector, 66, is on trial for the second time for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was found dead from gunshot wounds in Spector's Los Angeles mansion in 2003.

His trial last year was deadlocked after a judge declared a mistrial when jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict, finding 10-2 in favour of finding the music legend guilty.

Tannazzo, the first witness in the retrial, testified that Spector turned toward a woman leaving a party and said, "I ought to put a bullet in her head right now."

He added that Spector was "ranting" and used an obscenity to describe women.

"He kept saying [the obscenity] over and over again," Tannazzo testified. "He was out of control. He was just yelling over and over again."

When deputy district attorney Truc Do asked Tannazzo of his concern at Spector's alleged remarks, he replied: "Just getting him the hell out of there."

He went on: "It wasn't just the average person saying it. It was Phil Spector saying it. I knew who he was. I was familiar with his work. I couldn't believe it, but those were the words coming out of his mouth."

Defence attorney Doron Weinberg criticised Tannazzo's testimony, saying he had changed the dates he had given for the above incidents when he testified in Spector's first trial last year.

Tannazzo explained he had worked for Rivers for seven or eight years and could not remember the exact date of the alleged incidents.

04/11/2008 09:38:01