Phil Spector has already been roughed up by the legal system. Now the convicted killer and certified creep is receiving a new taste of jail house justice!
The hot-tempered music legend is minding his tongue after having several teeth knocked out by a fellow inmate at the state prison in Corcoran, Calif.
"Phil has quite a mouth on him," says longtime pal Steven Escobar. "Not everyone understands his humor. He said the wrong thing to the wrong inmate."
Lacking any of his trusty firearms, poor Phil Spector wound up with a bruised nose, a black eye and the loss of a couple of caps, according to Escobar.
This is Phil Spector. This is just terrifying.
"He mouthed off to a big guy, who punched him," a source says of Phil, who's serving 19 years to life for shooting Lana Clarkson in the mouth in 2003.
"At first, Phil said that he fell down a flight of stairs," says Escobar of his incarcerated buddy. "Later, he told family and friends what really happened."
A spokesman for Spector's wife, Rachelle, initially corroborated that there was a jail house incident in November, telling the N.Y. Daily News: "There are safety concerns."
"We don't want the people who put him in this position to retaliate."
Rachelle did a 180, saying: "Phil was not assaulted. Absolutely not."