Simon Monjack, husband of the late Brittany Murphy, is defending himself against allegations of fraud and a shady past, saying the media is unfairly targeting him because he’s not an attractive Hollywood star.
“My problem is that I do not look like Ashton Kutcher,” Monjack told London’s Daily Mail, referring to one of Murphy’s past boyfriends.
Among the accusations against the British screenwriter: credit card fraud, running up huge debts, visa violations and getting Murphy fired from her last film after turning up drunk on set.
“I know I have been called a con-man,” Monjack told the Mail. “I am not perfect. I never said I was. But there has been so much rubbish written about me and Brittany. Most of what you read is made up.”
“Factory Girl” director George Hickenlooper, a friend of Murphy’s, is among those who told the Mail that he’d had problems with Monjack. He said the 39-year-old screenwriter improperly took a story credit for the biopic on Edie Sedgwick (a part that nearly went to Murphy). Hickenlooper said he once asked Murphy to seriously consider her relationship with Monjack.
Murphy was 32 when she died Dec. 20
in her Los Angeles home. Authorities are awaiting the results of a toxicology test, but have suggested her death could have been the result of natural causes.