For someone who denies being a “con artist,” Simon Monjack sure finds innovative ways to get his hands on people’s money. Brittany Murphy‘s widower, who plans to sue Warner Bros. for “killing” his wife by dropping her from the cast of Happy Feet 2, has announced a charity event in her honor, with tickets reportedly running $1,000 a person, and $10,000 per corporation. The money will go towards the Brittany Murphy Foundation—which Monjack happens to run—and some are smelling a rat. “He’s gotten away with so much,” a source told Us Magazine. “He thinks he can get away with this.” Said another, “everyone thinks it’s very tacky that he is making it so much about money.”
Though Monjack has yet to respond to the insinuation, he’s busy denying far more serious charges. “It’s just so absurd. Why would I kill my wife? [The rumors are] kind of just weird, very, very weird,” he told the UK’s Daily Mirror, responding to rumors of criminal negligence on his part—or worse—after he tried to keep Murphy from undergoing an autopsy. Referring to the large amount of prescription drugs found in their home, he admitted she took some painkillers and anti-depressants but “Most of the drugs are mine. I suffer from seizures. I had a heart attack coming back from Puerto Rico last year.” The cause of Murphy’s death is pending the coroner’s results, expected within the next month.
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