Brittany Murphy’s dad has fired back at her mother Sharon Murphy’s claim that he was lying about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death for ‘publicity’, revealing that she actually auctioned off Brittany’s stuff online for profit after her tragic death.
As we previously reported, Angelo Bertolotti revealed that his daughter and her husband might have been murdered because tissue samples he had tested in an independent lab revealed that there were toxic levels of heavy metals ‘administered by a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent.’
Sharon – who lived with the Clueless star and her husband – had told The Hollywood Reporter:
I have chosen to stay out of the limelight since the tragic and sudden death of my wonderful, talented, loving daughter four years ago this Dec. 20.From the day of her birth, Brittany was my precious, more dear to me than anything or anyone in the universe. I have been devastated by her loss and that of my son-in-law [Simon Monjack] and have remained in seclusion in my mourning.
I have no choice now but to come forward in the face of inexcusable efforts to smear my daughter’s memory by a man who may be her biological father but was never a real father to her in her lifetime. Angelo Bertolotti has relocated to California in his old age to claim he is here for Brittany, as he never was in life. He has made outrageous statements over the past few years, culminating in this latest madness: that my darling daughter was murdered.
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.
She even claimed that Angelo was an absentee dad, and only popped out when Brittany found fame:
First, I want you to know a little of the real story. I raised Brittany alone. We didn’t have much at first, but we always had each other. My daughter and I were our only family, and we were inseparable and always there for each other in good times and bad. She never left my side as I battled cancer twice, and I was there for her through the trials and tribulations of her beautiful life and career.
Angelo was not there at all after age 1. He certainly wasn’t around during the 12 years he spent in prison on three criminal felony convictions. Throughout her childhood, I was Brittany’s only parent and sole support. No bond could have been stronger.
Angelo did come out of the woodwork when Brittany was a teenager and found success in a number of TV shows just before she was in Clueless. But she quickly saw him for who he is — and didn’t want anything to do with him. He now claims to have had a few meetings with Brittany over the years where he took the occasional photograph, but those must have been brief moments because I was there with her most of the time at home and when she was working — and he was never, ever around. He has admitted he did not see her at all during the final three years of her too-short life.
But on Wednesday, Bertolotti fired back, revealing that Sharon sold their daughter’s personal belongings and documents – including her passport – at a popular celebrity auction site Julien’s Auctions for profit. He also provided a cease-and-desist letter he fired off against the auction (which you can read here) … which later went ahead anyway.
The letter reads in part:
This communication serves as a formal legal ‘Cease and Desist’ demand effective immediately regarding the sales and exploitation of Brittany Murphy aka Brittany Bertolotti, Brittany Murphy’s property, memorabilia, intellectual, public, private property or her likeness in any capacity.
… All elements surrounding Brittany Murphy’s Estate are fraud upon their face and material misrepresentations.
‘[Sharon] joined into Julien’s Auctions and in April all of Britt’s things were sold to the highest bidder,’ Bertolotti told RadarOnline. ‘Then re-sold on eBay.’
Earlier on Monday, Bertolotti had tweeted, ‘I tried stopping Sharon from auctioning off Britt’s things for profit. She sold Britt’s passport.’
Official cause of death of Brittany Murphy and husband was pneumonia with acute anemia.