British screenwriter and husband of deceased actress Brittany Murphy, Simon Monjack, is suing Warner Brothers over the ‘Clueless’ star’s death, claiming they “broke her heart.”
On Friday, Monjack filed a law suit against movie giant Warner Brothers, claiming they were responsible for Brittany’s “wrongful death” after sacking her from the film ‘Happy Feet 2’. He claims they piled stress on the actress by axing her, leaving her “heartbroken”.
But a spokesman for the studio said: “Any claim that Warner Bros Pictures was somehow responsible for Brittany ¬Murphy’s tragic death is demonstrably false, reprehensible, and defamatory.
“Despite press reports to the contrary, Warner Bros Pictures and Ms. Murphy never entered into any deal for ‘Happy Feet 2’, and thus, there was not a contract to cancel.”
Brittany, who appeared in films which grossed ¬$100million before she and Simon met, shot to fame in the 1995 blockbuster ‘Clueless’, starring alongside Alicia Silverstone.
After appearing with rapper Eminem in 2002’s ‘8 Mile’, she landed a role in 2003 film ‘Just Married’. She got engaged to her co-star Ashton Kutcher but they split up soon afterwards.
She was also in 2005 hit ‘Sin City’ and was the voice of the character Gloria in the first ‘Happy Feet’ film in 2006.
Monjack and Murphy married soon in May 2007 and after Brittany’s death he caused controversy when he tried to persuade investigators not to have a post-mortem carried out on her body.
He said: “My initial reaction to the autopsy was, ‘They’re going to cut her open’. I couldn’t bear it. There’s no police investigation that I know of into Brittany’s death. I call the coroner relentlessly but we haven’t heard from him or the police since the day she died.”
Heartbroken Simon added: “Brittany was my life. It’s the biggest tragedy I could ever imagine. It is very, very hard to cope.”