Crime

"Survivor" Producer Bruce Beresford-Redmond Charged in Wife's Murder

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The other shoe has dropped for former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redmond -- he is now charged with his wife's murder.

A state attorney general in Mexico has filed murder charges, and a Mexican judge issued an arrest warrant on Monday. Beresford-Redmond is now formally accused of killing his wife Monica during a family vacation to Cancun in April. 

Beresford-Redman returned to Los Angeles last week despite reports he had been ordered to remain in Mexico pending the outcome of the investigation. Mexico will now have to go through the extradition process.

Beresford-Redmond denies any involvement in his wife's death. He released the following statement through his attorney:

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

Monica was the axis around which our whole family revolved. From her sisters and parents to my parents and of course to our children and me, she was everything to us.

I am devastated at her loss; and I am incensed at the suggestion that I could have had anything to do with her death. I am innocent. My children have had one parent taken from them by a senseless act of violence. I implore the Mexican authorities not to take their remaining parent by a miscarriage of justice and to do what is right not just what is expedient.

Attorney Richard Hirsch suggested Monica's murder might be connected to several other killings that have occurred in the Cancun resort area. He released a statement of his own on Monday:

We have been advised that Mexican authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of Bruce Beresford-Redman in connection with the murder of his wife, Monica. This news, if true, is extremely disturbing since it appears that this case is being handled in a manner outside the normal procedures in Mexico.

It is our understanding that the issuance of an arrest warrant normally entails a detailed judicial review that takes anywhere from several weeks to several months. It appears that the way this matter is being handled constitutes a rush to judgment.

Mr. Beresford-Redman is innocent of this crime and is prepared to defend himself in a court of law.