Simon Monjack, much-maligned husband of Brittany Murphy, is only days away from filing a wrongful death action against Warner Brothers, claiming that the studio is responsible for the unexpected death of the 32-year-old actress.
“They killed her,” he told The Daily Beast matter-of-factly.
Two weeks prior to Murphy's sudden death December 20, the studio fired her from the Happy Feet sequel, where she was to reprise the role of penguin Gloria.
"She was devastated," Monjack said.
Murphy's cause of death has yet to be released by the coroner's office, but Simon Monjack says her heart attack was a direct result of the cancelled contract.
"It's a cruel town," Simon Monjack says of L.A.
"You're disposable as an actress or actor. But I am tough. I litigate when somebody does something wrong to me. It's one of the reasons I make enemies."
Monjack acknowledges in his latest of many interviews defending his marriage that it surprised many. “I was never the right guy to marry Brittany,” he says.
"She was supposed to marry a young dashing star with a million-dollar smile, not end up with a balding, heavyset guy who doesn't play by their rules."
He recoils, though, at accusations of freeloading.
"I spent over a million on her engagement rings ... probably $3 million on clothes," he said. "When Brittany died she had 60 pieces of unworn Louis Vuitton ... The dog had Louis Vuitton. This was all me. We kept our money separate."
Did his controversial presence "ruin" her? "Brittany's films had grossed $100 million before she met me," he insists. "But her career ended before then."
He adds, "She trusted some people who she shouldn't have." Plenty of fans agree there - they just consider Simon Monjack to be one of those people.