Brittany Murphy’s Mom Breaks Her Silence, Calls "Absurd" Claims of Foul Play Nothing But "Lies"
In a heartfelt and heartbreaking open letter to The Hollywood Reporter, Sharon Murphy opens up about the new lab results commissioned by Brittany's absentee parent, Angelo Bertolotti, suggesting that foul play was involved in the deaths of the Clueless star in 2009 and her husband Simon Monjack just months later. She calls the results based on the “most flimsy of evidence,” and Bertolotti’s comments to the press nothing but “lies” intended as a "smear" campaign to dilute Brittany’s memory while giving her estranged father the 15 minutes he is so "desperately" seeking.
Sharon not only questions the credibility of the results, but of the lab itself.
She even goes so far as to offer her own theory about what could have led to her daughter’s untimely passing nearly four years ago on Dec. 20.
Here are some highlights:
“In light of the recent publicity about a lab test Angelo had done, I have asked some knowledgeable people, and they tell me that an analysis from a sample of hair is not considered dependable unless it is backed up by tests of tissue and blood and other analysis -- which he did not do (the coroner did, but they show no similar results). I am also told one lab may give different results than another lab in terms of heavy metals, and the proper method requires multiple tests before any results are released."
“The lab Angelo used, if you can call it that, is an Internet site that farmed out the actual testing and then wrote horribly untrue things under the guise of ‘analysis.’ It mentioned rat poison as a possible cause and claimed to be able to say that a third party murdered my beloved daughter.”
“To even mention that the heavy metals that were listed in his test are in rat poison, leading to articles suggesting Brittany ingested that or anything like it, is absurd. If she had, don't you think it would have shown up in the coroner's test of her blood and tissue? A reputable expert will tell you that what this lab did is an ethical violation of the highest order; to even pretend to be able to draw such conclusions on unreliable evidence is the real crime.”
“One cause we now know may have been toxic mold that was eventually discovered in that house -- which may have been what really killed her.”
“We will never know for sure. However, we do know the Los Angeles County Coroner did extensive tests and found that she died of natural causes. And now she is a real living angel in heaven.”
“Angelo has also formed the Brittany Murphy Foundation, as if he is fit to carry on her memory. Like everything else Angelo and his collaborator Julia Davis have done, this is calculated to make them money and bring them the fame they desperately crave. They say they want to do a documentary and write a book, and this whole stunt is merely publicity to fuel their aspirations.”
“I am sorry to be so forthright in saying this, but the time has come to bring out into the open the lies Angelo and Davis have told now that Brittany can't defend herself.”
“Angelo and Davis will do what they do, but I can no longer remain silent. I must speak the truth. I want my Brittany to be remembered as the darling person she was, for the giant talent she showed the world (and left behind in her movie and TV appearances) and for the friendships and loving relationships that really were part of her life. She was my baby, and we stood together throughout Brittany's life. Now I must stand up for her again. It is time for those who really knew and loved her to put those who want to exploit her on notice: Your lies will no longer be tolerated, and as long as I live will continue to be exposed.”