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Updated July 19, 2007, 11:57 a.m. ET
Prosecutors say Spector defense witness is con artist and not Raul Julia's son


LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors in the Phil Spector trial filed a dossier of evidence Wednesday suggesting that a man prepared to offer key testimony for the music legend's defense is a con artist who uses at least six different aliases and has posed in recent years as the illegitimate son of the late actor Raul Julia.

In the two-inch-thick document, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detective wrote that, even after a three-week investigation drawing on dozens of police reports, fingerprint files, birth certificates, and arrest records, he remained unsure as to the real identity of the man who calls himself Raul Julia-Levy.

"'Levy' has used at least a half-dozen alias identities, presented an ever-changing list of jobs and educational accomplishments, multiple birth certificates and dates of birth, and used multiple Social Security numbers," the deputy district attorneys trying the case wrote.

Spector's defense says Julia-Levy was a lover of Lana Clarkson, the actress shot to death in the producer's mansion in 2003, and will testify that she spoke about suicide and guns during the course of her relationship.

Spector, who is accused of murder, claims the 40-year-old shot herself in his foyer, and Julia-Levy's account was to bolster that theory.

Asked if the defense still planned to call Julia-Levy to the stand, Roger Rosen, an attorney for Spector, said he had not yet reviewed the prosecutor's voluminous file.

"I'm going to read it and then discuss it with my colleagues this weekend. We will see where we go from there," Rosen said.

Julia-Levy appeared briefly at the trial last week, but Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler postponed his testimony after meeting privately with prosecutors about their ongoing investigation. He told the defense that, if the probe panned out, they would thank him for keeping Julia-Levy off the stand.

The document filed Wednesday detailed the completed investigation. According to the report, detectives used fingerprints to link Julia-Levy to arrests for a host of charges, including driving under the influence, cocaine possession, child cruelty, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Prosecutors wrote that they would not attempt to disprove that Julia-Levy is the actor's son, but would attack his credibility as a witness on the basis of his "history of providing false, contradictory and deceitful information in his contacts with the legal system."

He gave different names and dates of birth to police. Among the names he used are Raul Julia Jr., Salvador Alba Fuentes, Salvador Fritz, Rado Salvatore and Salvatore Fontella. He told some officers he was born in 1968, others 1971. He told some he was from Puerto Rico, Raul Julia's homeland, but others that he was from Mexico City. He variously listed his height at 5'8", 5'9" and 5'10" and gave weights ranging from 150 to 180 pounds.

A Mexican woman interviewed by detectives said she was married to a shoe salesman she knew as Salvador Fuentes from 1992 to 1999 and bore him two daughters. She said he claimed he had graduated from Harvard with an economics degree. University officials found no record of him attending or graduating from Harvard, detectives wrote.

Another woman who had a child by him in 1995 told investigators he began using the name Raul Julia Jr. after a Spanish-language magazine writer told him he resembled Julia, who starred in the movie "The Addams Family."

The same woman told detectives that Julia-Levy had a history of bilking women out of money, and another former friend said Julia-Levy boasted of "being from the richest people in Mexico, but was constantly borrowing money ... for food gas and other items."

Other acquaintances said Julia-Levy told friends he had nabbed the role of Diego Rivera in Salma Hayek's 2002 film "Frida." That role was played by Alfred Molina.

Raul Julia's widow, Merel Poloway, has denied he is her dead husband's son.

Detectives noted that a Web site, Rauljuliaofficial.com, was removed July 11 and entries on Wikipedia describing his ties to Raul Julia and a wealthy Mexican family were scaled back.

One detective pointed out that a discussion group about Julia-Levy on Topix.net contained a supportive posting from someone identifying himself as Salvador Alba.

His attorney, John DeHart, said he could not speak in depth about the prosecution's allegations because he had not read them, but he insisted that Julia-Levy is the actor's son.

In the courtroom hallway last week, Julia-Levy, dressed in a sharp suit, greeted people who said they knew his father with a smile and chatted about Raul Julia's various performances.

DeHart said he was preparing to file a defamation of character suit against Julia's widow and claimed his client was willing to submit to a DNA test to prove his parentage.

"He knows who he is and he will have no reluctance about asserting his origins. He has birth certificates and it's in the system down there," DeHart said.

He said his client was never married to the Mexican woman detectives interviewed. He said the only woman Julia-Levy had ever been married to was the daughter of Hollywood producer Brian Grazer.

Asked for her name, DeHart said, "I don't want to get her involved in this."

Spector's trial is in recess until Monday, when the defense case will continue.



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