California authorities are baffled by reports Phil Spector fears for his life in the state's notorious Corcoran Prison - insisting the music mogul is in a completely different correctional facility.
Spector is four months into a life sentence handed down for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
In recent letters to his friend, musician/journalist Steve Escobar, Spector claimed he was terrified of cellmates including cult leader Charles Manson and Bobby Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan.
He described the prison as a "snake pit", adding, "Imagine sending me to the same prison - shows how low they can go. They'd kill you in here for a 39-cent bag of soup! I know it is a chance to get out of my cell going to the dining room but the less I see of the inmates, the better and safer I feel. Even though 24/7 lockdown in a 3' by 7' cell is very tough."
The claims have been described as "ridiculous" by prison spokeswoman Terry Thornton, who reveals Spector is actually serving time at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, two miles from Corcoran.
Thornton tells the New York Post, "He isn't even in the same prison. If he has fears for his safety, he needs to tell prison administrators."