Embattled producer Phil Spector is facing further legal drama - a Los Angeles hotel has filed a lawsuit claiming he failed to pay $100,000 (GBP50,000) bill during his murder trial.
In court documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court on Wednesday (18Jun08), the Westin Bonaventure Hotel + Suites claims to have reserved rooms for the Spector's lawyers and expert witnesses over the course of the seven-month trial last year (07), incurring charges of more than $104,000 (GBP52,000).
But after sending a letter requesting payment, Spector refused to cover the entire bill, demanding instead a "drastic discount of the outstanding balance", according to TMZ.com.
The hotel alleges breach of contract and is seeking to collect the entire bill, plus interest.
Spector was accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra, California mansion in 2003 and is facing a retrial over the murder on 29 September (08).
The 68-year-old, famed for his work in the 1960s with artists including The Beatles and Tina Turner, faces 15 years in prison if found guilty.