Brittany Murphy's Husband Simon Monjack: Who Is He?
By PopEater Staff Posted Dec 21st 2009 09:14AM
As the world continues to ponder the death of Brittany Murphy, many are curious as to exactly who her husband Simon Monjack is. While there's still absolutely no evidence to suggest he played a part in her death, many people and media outlets both past and present are raising a suspicious eye towards the British screenwriter.
Monjack -- who penned and produced 2006's 'Factory Girl' -- wed Murphy in 2007 in a small, private ceremony at their house that seemed to come out of nowhere. The couple never announced their engagement, and hardly ever made public appearances together.
Their nuptials came amid a swirl of controversy. According to an Us Weekly report (which has since been taken off of their Web site), Monjack -- who is British -- was on the verge of being deported because he overstayed his visa. He split from his ex-wife just months before marrying Murphy.
He also had felony warrants out for his arrest, as well as a massive lawsuit from a British investment firm demanding he pay them more than $500,000. In Virginia, Monjack was wanted for credit card theft and fraud, Us reported.
Responding to the report, Monjack denied any wrongdoing, saying: "It is a real tragedy that success, greed, envy and celebrity are the motivation for attacking my family and character."
Monjack is also now being linked to Murphy's latest departure from the movie 'The Caller,' which Brittany was let go from just two weeks before her death. According to Showbiz411's Roger Friedman, it wasn't Murphy's behavior that pushed the actress out of the film set -- it was Monjack's.
Michael Z. Gordon, producer of another Murphy's film 'Shrinking Charlotte,' tells Friedman that "Monjack came on the set inebriated ... The producers wanted to keep him away. Brittany of course defended him. And so she was let go."
Friedman continues, saying that "Monjack is not beloved in Hollywood," adding that two other movie producers "described him as a 'con man,'" with one saying he is "a dangerous guy."
"I think just this morning people are starting to ask: How does a 32-year-old woman die of a massive heart attack? What is going on here? I think certainly as questions are asked, Monjack has a lot to answer about what happened," Friedman tells PopEater exclusively.
As Monjack and Murphy arrived home from Puerto Rico following Murphy's firing, he was rushed to a hospital shortly after the plane landed. TMZ reported the cause was an asthma attack, but that "EMTs felt it could be more serious than that."
TheHollywoodGossip.com have had their eyes on Monjack for years, labeling him 'Con-Jack' and often digging into his past. In one post, they speak with an alleged ex-girlfriend of Monjack, who claims he used to brag about criminal activities. According to the (totally unconfirmed) claims, Monjack told her he killed someone and that he was involved in gun and drug smuggling.
In November 2007, Monjack's ex-wife -- British writer and TV host Simone Bienne -- took him to court over $50,000 he owed her from their 2006 divorce.
Once again, there's nothing linking Monjack to the death of Murphy, but with the death of his wife, a whole new level of scrutiny is sure to be coming for him.
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