Simon Monjack cancels $1k a head launch party of ‘Brittany Murphy Foundation’

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Brittany Murphy’s widower, Simon Monjack, has been under fire for a charity benefit to launch the “Brittany Murphy Foundation.” The foundation’s website says that it’s “dedicated to arts education for children.” It sounds well intentioned on the surface, but Monjack, who has been sued multiple times for bad debts and business deals gone wrong, is asking for a $1,000 donation from individuals and a $10,000 donation from organizations to attend. That could be customary for a charity event, but coupled with Monjack’s history it all looks suspicious. The last we heard from this guy he was bragging about the millions worth of luxury goods he bought Murphy and claiming that the house they were living in was in his name despite the fact that most outlets had Murphy listed as the owner. When asked why a former business partner called him a conman, Monjack said he was jealous. He also announced plans to sue Warner Brothers for Brittany’s death based on his claim that they fired her from the Happy Feet sequel two weeks before she died.

The event, scheduled for tomorrow night, has been either canceled or postponed. I would bet that it was because of lack of interest. There probably aren’t many people willing to shell out $1,000 to a man with Monjack’s reputation:

brittanymurphyeventBrittany Murphy’s husband has suddenly called off the fundraising party he was throwing in her honor tomorrow night — but the man who pulled the plug isn’t saying why.

Simon Monjack had planned a huge launch party Thursday night for his new Brittany Murphy Foundation — an organization he claims is dedicated to arts education for children. Monjack had been reportedly soliciting $1,000 donations per person to attend.

But just days before the big night, someone called the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts — where the event was supposed to go down — and told the Rabbi to hold the Manischewitz… because the party was off.

We’re told Monjack insists the party was simply postponed — but so far, no new date has been set.

[From TMZ]

Monjack sure set up that “charity” quickly after Murphy died. I wouldn’t trust that guy as far as I could throw him. He is still a grieving widower and I doubt he had a hand in her death. Given the way he’s behaved after his wife’s death I would assume that a lot of the stories we heard about him while she was alive were true, though.

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  1. Lway says:

    Leave the guy alone for christ sake – shame man. He is mourning his wife

    Even if he has bad debt blah blah blah – they were married for 2 years, she was an awesome woman (as far as i could see) – maybe it’s just too much for him right now.

    Leave him be

  2. Bodhi says:

    I feel awful for him, I really do, but there is something fishy about all this… I don’t really think he had anything to do with her death, but his handling of the aftermath is, I dunno, off…

  3. Ellen Smith says:

    Seems like her death was financially convenient for him – his “mourning” period is over and now his “let me get myself the heck out debt” period has begun. Also, it seems very tacky to be having a benefit so soon after her demise. And folks, notice her mom’s name at the top of the benefit invitation – perhaps mom and hubby are looking at Brittany’s death as a “cash cow”. Let the games begin.

  4. dee says:

    anyone that believes his intentions were for charity is a fool. This guy didn’t even have a million to start this foundation. I’m betting it would have turned into they type of charity that takes 99.99% of what is collected and uses it for ‘administration fees’, administration being Simon Monjack’s living expenses. He’s done nothing but make everything about money since she’s passed, I have no sympathy for him. I am concerned for her mother b/c i think she will be conned by him somehow down the line.

  5. snowball says:

    Nice pic of him at a fashion show. Brittany looks gorgeous and he’s got his gut leaking out of a horrific green shirt and a coat that’s too small for him. I don’t doubt that they loved each other, but he’s doing some weird things since she died. Not grieving weird, money-grubbing weird.

    They haven’t even determined her cause of death yet, doesn’t Simon think the party can wait until the poor girl is completely laid to rest? And what is her mother *thinking*?

    Tacky, tacky, tacky.

  6. Joan says:

    I would not be surprised if Sharon knew nothing about this.

    Aside from all the sleeziness of this, I do love her picture in the flyer. How sad…what a loss. RIP

  7. meme says:

    if he loved her so fucking much why didn’t he take better care of her?

  8. Beth says:

    I wouldn’t trust Simon with this foundation, especially because of his behavior after Brittany’s death.

  9. MsTriste says:

    @ Meme – Well put!

    He is the textbook definition of narcissistic AND delusional.

    I love the way that woman sitting next to Brittany in that picture is trying to sit as far away from them as possible.

  10. snapdragon says:

    that invitation is really confusing & hard to read. as far as the husband’s motives, who knows? she only been dead a couple of months, yet he has been giving interviews, suing corporations, setting up charities and planning big parties… when exactly has he had time to mourn?

  11. Camille says:

    All I have to say about this is: Dodgy.

  12. ViktoryGin says:

    So that’s what they’re calling personal income these days.

  13. Ana says:

    Does anyone else find it odd that he claimed his incident on the plane was a mild heart attack?
    And she dies from heart problems?

  14. escapee says:

    It seemed like this was an invitation to 2 separate events. Sharon was inviting people to a memorial celebrating her daughter’s life. Simon was inviting them to a fund raiser. It seems to me that Sharon is not entirely comfortable endorsing Simon’s charity.

    They may be close now but I would not be surprised to see a nasty fallout between these two in the near future.

    It really is a beautiful picture of her though and I hope her mom can somehow find peace with all of this.

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