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Why the HBO Movie 'Phil Spector' Is Being Picketed THR

A screening of HBO's new film "Phil Spector," in which Al Pacino plays the legendary record producer and convicted murderer, attracted a small group of picketers Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie is the focus of a protest by friends of actress Lana Clarkson, who died in Spector’s home 10 years ago.

Clarkson’s former publicist, one of the protesters, noted that he wants to prevent the movie from receiving any Emmys, the story reports. The reason, publicist Edward Lozzi said, is because the film wrongly suggests that Spector was innocent of killing Clarkson. He charges that the movie implies she committed suicide.

Clarkson was found dead inside Spector's mansion in 2003. He was eventually convicted of second-degree murder in her death and sentenced to 19 years to life, the story notes.

"To see that this film was going to be made was a slap in the face," Lozzi said, according to The Reporter. "We were so happy Phil Spector was in prison."

Lozzi and two other men held signs outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that read, "HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’ murders the truth. No Emmy for the film that hurts people alive today."

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