Simon Monjack: Warner Bros. 'Killed' Murphy

Husband will file wrongful death suit in Brittany Murphy's death
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2010 8:07 AM CST

(Newser) – In an exclusive—and four-page long—interview with the Daily Beast, Brittany Murphy’s husband and mother Sharon confront gossip ranging from Simon Monjack’s reputation as the “bad guy” to Brittany’s rumored drug use. But the biggest news to emerge is Monjack’s plan to file a wrongful death suit against Warner Brothers, claiming that the studio’s cancellation of Murphy's Happy Feet 2 contract caused her heart attack and death.

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More from the interview:

  • On why he asked for no autopsy: “It was nothing sinister at all. I just looked at Sharon’s grieving face, and there was no way either of us wanted them to cut open this perfect 32-year-old girl.”
  • On rumors he was using Brittany for her money: “I spent over a million on her engagement rings. And probably $3 million on clothes. We kept our money separate. When I took Brittany out shopping, I paid for everything.”
  • On accusations that he ruined her career: “She had gone through four or five agents by the time we met, and she had made a lot of indies that went straight to video. She hadn’t earned millions in years, and when we met she was struggling financially, from a series of bad investments.”
  • On rumors Murphy did drugs: “In all the time I’ve known her, she has never, and I repeat never, done drugs. Not a line of cocaine, not a hit from a joint, nothing. She was anti-drugs. There are no drugs involved. If any were, I would not be on the phone with you.”

(Read more Simon Monjack stories.)

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