Phil Spector today denied making statements attributed to him criticizing the judge and the jury pool in his Los Angeles murder trial.
Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ended up putting a gag order on Spector and his wife in a contentious hearing on media contacts minutes before he began instructing the jurors.
Fidler also denied a defense motion to reopen closing arguments.
The case is expected to be submitted to the jury later this morning for deliberations on the second-degree murder charge against the music producer.
A London newspaper — The Mail on Sunday — reported that Spector said Fidler “doesn’t like me” and that most of the prospective jurors brought in for the case indicated they believed Spector was guilty or insane.
The paper said Spector made the remarks to a documentary filmmaker.
Spector is accused of shooting actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 at his Alhambra mansion.