Bonaventure Hotel Settles Lawsuit Against Spector, Wife

LOS ANGELES -- The owners of the Bonaventure hotel have settled a lawsuit against Phil Spector and his wife over an unpaid bill for rooms reserved during the music producer's 2007 murder trial.

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites filed the breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation suit on June 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court against Spector and his wife, Rachelle Marie Spector.

The lawsuit initially named the producer's agent, Jennifer Lee Barringer, but she was later dropped as a defendant.

A case management conference had been scheduled in the case Wednesday. Attorneys could not be immediately reached for comment on the terms of the settlement.

According to the suit, Spector and the other defendants reserved suites at the Bonaventure in February 2007 so his attorneys and expert witnesses could stay there during Spector's first murder trial.

By the time they left the hotel seven months later, Spector had an unpaid bill of more than $104,000, which, with interest, increased to $110,145, the hotel owners claimed.

When a letter demanding payment was sent, Spector responded by conditioning any payment "upon a drastic discount of the outstanding balance," the suit states.

Spector is being re-tried for allegedly killing actress and House of Blues VIP hostess Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra mansion in 2003. His first trial ended in a mistrial when jurors deadlocked 10-2 in favor of guilt. Spector contends that Clarkson committed suicide in the foyer of his mansion.

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