Brittany Murphy was broke, mom & husband fighting over her estate

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The new edition of the National Enquirer has a piece on an alleged feud and estate grab between the husband and mother of the late Brittany Murphy. Seemingly in response to the rumors, there’s a new story in People about how well Simon Monjack and his mother-in-law get along. They’re also said to be relying on each other for support during the difficult time after 32 year-old Brittany’s sudden death. I’m not sure which side of the story I believe, but as Kaiser says “a little from column A, a little from column B.” Monjack is a known con artist who has been sued multiple times for bad debts. I don’t see him letting his mother-in-law inherit all of his late wife’s assets without a fight. Murphy was said to be broke, though, and I know I was wondering how she could afford to live in that huge house in the Hollywood Hills when she hadn’t had a hit movie in years. It turns out that she couldn’t. Here’s the National Enquirer’s version.

Brittany Murphy died virtually broke – and her financial mess has triggered a bitter feud between her husband and her heartbroken mom.

The Clueless star, who died mysteriously on Dec. 20 at age 32, owed more money than her Beverly Hills home is worth. The 8,000 square foot mansion is now occupied by her mother, Sharon, and her husband of 2 1/2 years, Simon Monjack.

“But a war has exploded over the estate, and there’s a lot of tension between them,” a Hollywood insider told The Enquirer.

“Brittany died practically penniless. And now her husband wants to sell her possessions quickly, while her mother is shell-shocked over the death…

“Poor Sharon can barely function, let alone think about selling the house or getting Brittany’s finances in order… But Simon is already pushing to sell Brittany’s possessions, including jewelry, clothes and the house.

“Sharon is appalled by his insensitivity.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, January 18, 2010]

People Magazine says everything is hunky-dory between Monjack and his mother-in-law. Maybe they’re helping each other in their time of grief, but I wouldn’t doubt that Monjack hopes to sell off Murphy’s stuff and cash in. That doesn’t mean he was somehow complicit in her death or is not devastated by his loss. Some people are just more action-oriented in times of crisis than others, especially when it comes to their own personal interests.

Since Brittany Murphy’s sudden death at 32 of an apparent cardiac arrest Dec. 20, her grieving husband Simon Monjack and mother Sharon Murphy have “clung to each other for support.”

“Simon is exactly as you would expect someone to be who has just lost the woman he loved. Some days he wants to kill himself, and other days he seems to be coping better,” Monjack’s mother Linda, a hypnotherapist and counselor in Buckinghamshire, England, tells PEOPLE. “He is distraught. I speak to him everyday, and he is often in tears.”

But thanks to his bond with his mother-in-law, the London-born businessman, 39, is surviving, his mother says: “He’s very strong, and he’s got Sharon. They’re very close, and they’re keeping each other going.”

Murphy and her mother were “extraordinarily close,” Murphy once told PEOPLE. “She’s my earthbound angel.”

Even after Murphy and Monjack married in April 2007, Sharon continued to live with her daughter in their Hollywood Hills home.

And quickly, says Linda, the three became a tight unit.

“Sharon witnessed [Simon and Murphy's] love,” she says. “She was so happy her daughter had found someone.”

And Monjack and Murphy’s feelings were real, she continues: “They truly loved each other. I don’t think they ever spent more than a few days apart. They were going to start a family this year.”

[From People]

This story is straight from Monjack, and after all the interviews he did after Brittany’s death he knows how to go off the record to make his point. I do think he loved Murphy and that her death came at a great shock to him, but ten to one he’s hoping to get some capital. The estate was left to Brittany’s mom and Monjack doesn’t have much else to trade on. He bills himself as a writer/producer, but he has only two films listed on IMDB. The director on one of them, Factory Girl, calls him a major con artist who sued to get his name on the credits. He’s also been on the receiving end of numerous lawsuits and has been arrested twice for fraud. The guy is grieving, but he’s probably still rubbing his hands together.

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  1. bella says:

    I really hope the husband isn’t a money-grubbing tool, but it sounds and seems like he is. If it looks like a duck, and it sounds like a duck, it’s probably a duck. I don’t think he should get anything from her estate. They were only married for 2 years, and her Mom’s the only one in her will. I’m sure she knew she had to change her will when she married, so there must be a reason she didn’t.

  2. Lway says:

    This is so sad :( my heart still aches when i think about Brittany.

    I’m sure she would have left everything to her mom…… but then again, we all expect to outlive our parents…..

  3. DANMOR9 says:

    Guess we saw that coming….

  4. Black Cat says:

    As the saying goes… “there’s one born every minute..”

  5. Sol says:

    I read sometime ago in the dailymail his previous relationship with woman and his con ways. It also said that some friends tried to prevent and warn Brittany about him. Too sad she fell for him. Such a sweetheart, she deserved better not only in her personal life but also from the industry.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I’m in agreement, bella. Given this guy’s shady past, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he’s going to try to get every penny he can.
    I have to wonder what they’re fighting over though – if she was broke and owed more than her home was worth…there’s not going to be anything left.

    I do think it’s odd that her mother continued to live with them throughout their whole marriage. I could understand if she were elderly or ill, but I don’t think she was.

  7. BitterBetty says:

    I’m surprised she was broke. she wasn’t an A lister but she starred in a good amount of popular movies. maybe she spent it all on drugs.

  8. Lantana says:

    I wonder what she saw in him?

  9. Roni says:

    I had read that her mother (Sharon) was a Breast Cancer survivor and that the cancer was in remission. So she had been sick in the past…

  10. Eileen Yover says:

    Totally off subject but I LOVE that dress in the bottom picture…it looks stunning on her.

  11. Birdie says:

    Something just isn’t right in the water

  12. Firestarter says:

    Every single friend of hers, including actress Jaime Pressley calls Monjack, Conjack. He IS a con man and money grubber. There is not one interview, since her death, with people who either worked with her or knew her, I have seen where he has been spoken about favorably.

    Any movie she has done recently, he has been a nuisance on the set. At least that was what CNN reported around the time of her death.

    The man has a definite creep vibe about him. Talk about someone needing to shower.. he is one of those people! YUCK!

    I love the bottom photo of her. Love the dress!

  13. Jo says:

    Of course this fight was coming, now I’m just waiting for Tila to start her fight for Casey Johnson’s estate.

  14. bella says:

    Did anyone else read about how controlling he was of her, even telling her how to pose in pix and on the red carpet? He absolutely has the ick factor; reminds me of the ick-vibe I get from Scott Disick and Spencer – they kinda give off a criminal vibe, like potential serial killer material. Or is it just me? ;)

  15. Bodhi says:

    There is somethings super fishy about all this. She was a known coke fiend (CDAN just did a blind item reveal about how she had to have massive surgery to repair her septum from so much coke use) & her husband is widely known to be a scumbag. I don’t really think that he did anything, but something is very very fishy…

  16. snowball says:

    Maybe she was looking for someone to take over her life. From all reports, she had a horrible self-esteem problem and maybe she wanted to be blind to what Monjack looked like to everyone else be.

    It’s not unusual for people with Brittany’s issues to wind up with men who control everything around them. She probably felt safe with him.

    But yeah, he’s a turd. I imagine she’s got a bit of money sunk into clothes and jewelry, maybe that’s where he thinks he can make some money.

    She looks so gorgeous in that second picture especially.

  17. eva says:

    @Lucy2,
    I too also wondering what the mom and conjack could be fighting over if there is no money…..

    but then I read in the post that her mom is fighting to keep him from selling Brittany’s things (i.e. jewelery and other valuables). The mom is too shell shocked and does not want to part with any of her daughters things. To me it sounds like her mom is not in it to get money but to try to keep a part of her daughter. so sad.

  18. QB says:

    Con man or not , if his wife did not have a will he inherits her entire estate.

    Maybe they have a lot of debts and he wants to deal with it fast.

    When my grandfather died we worked divided his assets the week after he died. Prolonging the process in just painfull.

  19. Laurrie says:

    That’s what happens when women stay with con men. They end up financially worse off and suffer. For all anyone knows, she probably died from the stress!

  20. Kathie says:

    I really feel sorry for her Mother in this situation, you can marry again but in no way can you replace a daughter or any child in your life. Additionally I get a “creepy conman” vibe from everything I have read about the husband and I really feel like he is leaning on Brittany’s mom and remaining close to her in the hope of sharing the estate without having to pay a Lawyer. Ugh! vulture alert! *apologies to actual vultures who perform a necessary service in nature*

  21. Praise St. Angie! says:

    QB, from what I’ve read, she DID have a will and everything was left to her Mom.

    so I don’t know if Conjack will have a leg to stand on regarding a “fight” over her estate.

  22. Sumodo says:

    This is what happens when you live way beyond your means. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has family money (billions) and lives, I think, in Pacific Palisades, in a large house that’s not a mega-mansion.

  23. lucy2 says:

    I feel very sad for her that she was so unhappy and had such self esteem issues for most of her life, and that it resulted in her turning to a guy who was controlling and sleazy.
    Actually, maybe THAT is why the mom never moved out. Didn’t trust him.

    @Sumodo, you are right about JLD. Her father is a billionaire, I believe, plus she has Seinfeld money and has another hit show, yet you never see her flaunting it.

  24. Jojo says:

    I knew Brittany and she and her mom were inseparable. Her mom did everything for her and they were always together. Always. Sharon deserves every penny and the judge should respect Brittany’s wishes as indicated in her will. She could have changed her will after she got married, many people do, but she didn’t. Just the fact that she even had a will, at such a young age, shows how much she wanted to ensure her mom was taken care of after her death.

  25. bella says:

    Jojo, I agree. Brittany has a will, she had ample opportunity to change it after she married, and chose not to. She must have had her reasons. I too hope the judge respects her wishes and honours her will.

    I am tired of hearing about family members not in the will contesting their “right” to a piece of the deceased. It’s tacky and a slap in the face to those who are in the will.

    I’m also sorry for your loss, Jojo.

  26. QB says:

    It also depend when she bought the house , if it was before she got marry then it goes to the mother , if it was after she got marry her husband is entitle to half of it.

  27. Fire says:

    She was such a pretty little girl with huge amount of talent. I think she was a decent actress who really had done some great work and had the whole world ahead of her. Didn’t realize the voice she had until after her death – that Oakenfold song was amazing. She had so much potential. It really is a shame what drugs and low self esteem will do to ya.

    I’m sad for her mom if Creepy McWeirdo is fighting her about the will. He really does seem like an opportunistic douchebag. I know I am gonna get slammed here, but I loved her with Ashton. They were cute together.

  28. Goddess711 says:

    I read just after she died that Britney’s last will was dated 2007 and she left everything including the house to her mom. After Britney died, Conjack was quoted as saying he loved Britney’s mom and hoped she’d stay in the house. It raised some question marks in my head then – the guy doesn’t have the right to tell Sharon anything. I hope she boots his fat ass to the curb.

  29. Dannni says:

    The Enquirer story sounds like BS clearly to me. Plus, the spouse ought to get some of the assets when their spouse dies. That is how it goes.

  30. Goddess711 says:

    That 911 call is devastating – my heart breaks for her mom and even Conjack. Poor Brittany!

  31. Jag says:

    She had a will. There shouldn’t be anything that the guy can do about it. I hate it when judges give things to people that aren’t listed, against the dead person’s wishes.

  32. LILLL says:

    She bought the house in 2003-so conjack shouldn’t be entitled to any of it. He will be entitled to half of any residuals Britt made during their short marriage-which will be minimal. Monjack is as money grubbing as you think. He is probably worse than you think. I’ll bet that right now, she’s not been buried 3 weeks, hes trying to profit off her death. I hope Sharon lawyers up and boots his scum azz out!

  33. mishlove says:

    Read the People magazine article,one of his fondest memories of her was when they went to Chanel and $60,000 later, she wanted a bag at Louis Vuitton for her pooch? He also says ask any waiter at Chateau Marmont how many plates of food she ate (when asked if she was anorexic). He comes off as a social climbing, wannabe, braggart low-life. Ummm, who paid for all that, certainly not him.

  34. gefo says:

    There you are, all this bitching about Monjack… and? … he is gone, the same way as Brittany. Both died of the same mold-infestation. That house, which Britney Spears sold (she only lived very short time in) has it in it. It should be torn down, torched and something completely new should be built on the grounds. But, what happened to the house of Ed McMahon? He also died because of mold in his house, and it is in the neighborhood. Nice going for property agents. Hope people engage brains!!!