For the first time since his wife was killed in Cancun, Bruce Beresford-Redman has spoken out.
The former Survivor producer has officially been charged with "qualified homicide" by Mexican authorities, seven weeks after Monica Beresford-Redman was found strangled to death in a sewer near the Moon Palace resort, where the couple had been on vacation.
"I am devastated at her loss; and I am incensed at the suggestion that I could have had anything to do with her death," Bruce said in a statement yesterday, responding to his arrest warrant. "I am innocent."
Bruce has been the sole person of interest in the case because sources confirmed he'd been having an affair, and witnesses spotted Bruce and Monica arguing on the beach the night she was killed.
Continued Bruce in his statement:
"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. 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."
Beresford-Redman returned to the United States last week, against the wishes of Mexican officials. He's filed for full custody of his two young children. If necessary, Mexican authorities will extradite him to their country.
Attorney Richard G. Hirsch referred to the warrant as "extremely disturbing" and said his client was "innocent of this crime and is prepared to defend himself in a court of law."
He'll eventually get the chance to.