Renowned music producer Phil Spector and his wife Rachelle Short arrive at Superior Court as his 2nd degree murder retrial continues on December 2, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Spector is charged with shooting actress and House of Blues VIP hostess Lana Clarkson, 40, to death in his Alhambra, California mansion on February 3, 2003. (Getty Images)more pics »Phil Spector's pretty, young and tough blonde wife, Rachelle Short, spoke to the press for the first time since Spector was sent to prison, defending herself and her man in an interview with the LA Times.
We had sex. We were doing it all the time. - Rachelle Short on her apparently passionate marriage to Phil Spector
Short has been under a lot of scrutiny. That's because she married Spector in 2006, after he had already been charged with the murder of Lana Clarkson. That, Spector's amassed fortune as the creator of the "Wall of Sound" production technique, and the couple's incredible age difference (he's 69, she's 28) have lead to widespread use of the term "gold digger." Big surprise right?
Short talks about it all in the LA Times interview.
Spector's guilty verdit: "That man couldn't hurt a fly." And, "I don't believe any of it."
All the gold digger comments: "Younger woman, older man, gold digger, whatever. I don't take anything from my husband, and I never have. I'm a good person, but people don't see any of that or know how hard I work."
And just for the gross-out factor: "We had sex. We were doing it all the time."
Short, who says she can "weed whack. Rip out walls," and "lay tile," says she wept at Spector's sentencing because she couldn't imagine the fragile producer surviving in prison.
She's also, to put it mildly, a little callous when it comes to Clarkson's death. Short and Spector were married in the same foyer where Clarkson died. If you agree with the prosecutors and the jury, that's where Spector shot her in the head. If you're like Short, you believe she sat in a chair (that's still there) and shot herself. Either way it's gruesome. So what's Short's take?
When asked by Times writer Harriet Ryan why she chose to get married in the fateful foyer, she said, "Why wouldn't I?" adding, "I sit in that chair all the time."
All right then. What do you think? Is Short a gold digger? Vote here.